"A relationship between a person and someone other than (their) spouse (or lover) that affects the level of intimacy, emotional distance and overall dynamic balance in the marriage.The role of an affair is to create emotional distance in the marriage." In this view, neither sexual intercourse nor physical affection is necessary to affect the committed relationship(s) of those involved in the affair.
The term often describes a bond between two people that mimics the closeness and emotional intimacy of a romantic relationship while never being physically consummated.An emotional affair is sometimes referred to as an affair of the heart.Edition does not define the term, and its definition is therefore considered anecdotal and subjective.High levels of non-sexual emotional intimacy in adults may occur without the participants being bound by other intimate relationships or may occur between people in other relationships.
The term emotional affair is used in the media to categorise or explain a certain type of relationship.
The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 4th.