Are you a flirt? Psychotherapist Lori Dennis came in to explain why we flirt - and how it can affect our relationships.
What are the signs of flirting?
Is it ok to flirt with others when you're in a relationship?
There are two schools of thought:
Some say that it is absolutely taboo to flirt while in a committed relationship - that your playful charm and sexual energy should be reserved for your one and only. The consensus amongst naysayers is that flirting is the first step in crossing that line of infidelity. Some say that when you flirt with others, it may be diluting the intensity and focus of your primary relationship and communicating to your partner that he or she isn't enough for you.
Others say that flirting is harmless fun, an art form - that it's natural for us to be attracted to other people and to enjoy their charms. Flirting makes us feel alive, desirable, attractive, exciting. It's the validation that we're often looking for that we are a sexual being. It can be a way to reinforce that we still have what it takes to be attractive to the opposite sex. And it can be a way to turn up the heat in your own relationship - helping you to feel attractive and desirable.
What are the rules?
If your partner is a flirt does that mean he or she is more likely to cheat on you?
No. Not necessarily. Look at the patterns. Consider these questions:
If you answered 'yes' to all of the above, there's likely no need to worry about infidelity.
However, you may have cause for concern if: