When it’s OK to lie in a relationship

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Honesty may not be the best policy when it comes to relationships. Couples lie to each other an average of three times a week, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing, according to a recent study soon to be published in the journal Communication Quarterly.

Researchers looked at how often people expressed affection toward their partners even when they weren’t genuinely feeling it—otherwise known as deceptive affection.

Sean Huran, faculty member in the school of Communication at DePaul University, tells Maggie and Michael how romantic partners use affection to lie to each other, although he says it’s counter-intuitive:

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