Accusing a cheating partner may lead them to label you as paranoid, resulting in invalidation of suspicions and deflection.
Cheaters may use this to deflect questions and make their partner feel insecure for suspecting them.
Partner's cheating may lead them to make comments meant to make you feel unworthy, unattractive, and uninteresting.
This is an attempt to shift the blame onto their partner and avoid confrontation or questions about their infidelity.
Partner insisting on "me time" can be a way to spend more time with their affair partner, making you feel clingy.
This implies that time spent apart is solely for their benefit and doesn't involve anyone else, even if it's untrue.
When accused of cheating, an honest partner would be concerned and talk openly. Cheaters may use the statement to shut down further questioning.
The statement may indicate defensiveness, which can be a red flag for cheating, according to relationship expert Ogle.
Accusing your partner of cheating is a classic sign of passive-aggressive behavior exhibited by cheaters to hide their guilt.
It is a manipulation tactic that creates doubt in the partner's mind and deflects attention from the cheater's actions.