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How to have a work "husband"—without crossing the line
1. Is having a "work husband" okay?
When it comes to sharing day-to-day highs and lows, should you be going to your partner, or is it healthy to share it with your male counterpart at work, who can relate to your experience?
Dr. Jenn Berman, relationship expert and host of VH1's Couples Therapy, says it's very normal for adults to build alliances in a work environment. But be aware that you're forming this close relationship for a reason. "The problem isn't with the relationship, it's that your personal relationship with your partner can have holes within it that can leave you vulnerable to other connections," says Dr. Berman, adding "If there are holes in your relationship, having a work [husband] can lead you to having an emotional affair."
Dr. Wendy Walsh, relationship expert and human behavior expert, agrees. "The dangers are that emotional intimacy will lead to a boundary violation. If you talk to your work [husband] about intimate topics that you wouldn't share if your spouse was in the room, you are treading into dangerous territory where you are switching allegiances," she says.
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