Tell Me Sweet (And Not-So-Sweet) Little Lies: Deception in Romantic Relationships

Jennifer Guthrie, Adrianne Kunkel
2013 Communication Studies  
Deception undoubtedly plays a complex role in romantic relationships. While honesty and openness are desirable traits among romantic partners, partners may nonetheless use deception in order to meet personal or relational goals. This study provides a richer understanding of the extent to which deception is used in romantic relationships and the common motives for deceiving partners. The diary-based, qualitative responses of 67 participants were examined for instances of, and reasons for,
more » ... reasons for, deception. Results revealed the nuanced and sometimes contradictory nature of deception in romantic relationships as participants reported that they use deception as a means to maintain the relationship, to manage face needs, to negotiate dialectical tensions, and to establish relational control, and also that they perceive deception to function in both positive and negative ways.
doi:10.1080/10510974.2012.755637 fatcat:nhgg5srylrgcvdoxu3xp7vvbh4