The Slippery Slope of an Emotional Affair

Ren Syler shares her personal story

What do you do if you're already in an emotional affair? That depends on what you want out of your current relationship. If you're looking for a way out, someone who can and will "help you" by highlighting the flaws in your current relationship, thereby providing you a parachute, go ahead, flirt away. But if you want to stay and are just looking for a little excitement to spice up what you already have, take up skydiving and try it with your partner. Be, as Neuman says, unflinchingly honest about your current relationship and try to understand why you were so willing to get emotionally naked with someone else.

For me and Darling Husband, we have built a life together and it's a good one. It is not perfect and we sometimes are not as close to one another as perhaps we should be.  But we share good times and bad, exciting and not so thrilling. We have children who need us and, truth be told, we need each other. That's way too much to gamble on a good time, emotional or otherwise.


René Syler has most recently been an anchor of CBS News's The Early Show. During that time she interviewed countless leaders and celebrities, including First Lady Laura Bush and Senator John McCain.

Syler is an active member of the National Association of Black Journalists and received the 2004 Gracie Allen Award for Individual Achievement in the National Best Anchor category for her series on breast cancer.

Syler is married to Buff Parham, with whom she has two children.

Visit René Syler's website here.

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