Affair FAQs:

Q: Is an affair a sexual relationship?

A: Yes, and romantic friendship, or passionate attachment between two people without the attached person's significant other knowing.

Q: Are affairs relationships outside of marriage where an illicit romantic or sexual relationship or a romantic friendship or passionate attachment occurs?

A: Yes.

Q: Is an affair by its nature romantic?

A: Yes.

Q: Is an affair a unique kind of affair—termed "detached attachment"?

A: Yes, or just "detachment"—that includes opposing features whose presence in a face-to-face affair would be paradoxical.