that your DP is having an affair, is it significant if all of a suddenly, out of the blue, your Infidelity-meter gives a beep?
He has never been unfaithful, I have never been jealous, he still finds me attractive and tells me so all the time. But he has started a new job with mostly female colleagues. He keeps popping out for a quick drink, or to buy lottery tickets, or to watch the end of the cricket/football - all of which he has done before and it's never bothered me. But I keep getting odd little shivers of alarm about it all. Why would that happen?
Is paranoia a symptom of the peri-menopause Or am I picking up on signals from him?
I would think your hunch might be correct - if it were me, I'm also in a good long term relationship but I think many/most people are capable of the odd flirtation or more. Have you asked him outright?
No fennel. I guess that's the sensible thing to do. But it just feels so daft. Inbetween bathing DC, helping with hw, taking bins out. "Has DS#2 finished that reading book yet? Oh and btw are you shagging around...."
Is there a pattern to the poppings out? Has he started getting funny about his mobile or email? I would say that if the popping out has changed in nature or frequency it would give rise to alarm. But then, I know someone who thought the same thing when her DH started doing this. It was completely obvious to everyone else in his immediate circle that he was actually sneaking off to have cigarettes (he was supposed to have given up smoking for health reasons. So he may be up to something but not necessarily infidelity - gambling, drinking and smoking all spring to mind. I mean this post to be helpful but it will probably only give you new things to worry about.
If you can't ask him then maybe just keep observing, but don't assume your hunch is paranoia, I tend to think there's usually something behind these hunches, especially if you're not normally paranoid or insecure.
D' you often get funny after dreams though? Because I do. I wasn't able to look my neighbour in the eye for months after a saucy dream about him. Perhaps the dream has just shaken you up if it was very vivid?
I wouldn't worry at all if his behaviour hasn't changed. If he's still doing all the normal things that he does, then there's no cause for alarm. And if you call him up once or twice and he is in the place he's supposed to be in, that might put your mind at rest even further.
I think that because he's working with a lot more women, you are naturally feeling a bit anxious about it. Heck, I would! Why not visit him one lunchtime as a surprise? Meet these colleagues? You might find that they're all much older and married.
You may be worrying unnecessarily, but don't discount your intuition. Apparently 85% of women who think it's possible their partner may be having an affair are right. Have a look at www.cheatingspousepi.com which gives a useful list of signs which can indicate that he could be cheating. And if you think any of them apply don't challenge him - just keep an eye out until you're sure. Good luck.