Shedding light on lies

Professors share insight and stats on lying in relationships

By Sophia Gravatt
On October 4, 2019

Photo by Cora Bishoppetty: Dr. Christian Hart, a Texas Woman’s University professor, uses an analogy of fireflies and how they are attracted to one another. Hart and ASU professor Dr. Drew Curtis conducted a study on deceit in romantic relationships.


A Texas Woman’s University professor on Sept. 27 gave a lecture followed by a Q&A session in the C.J. Davidson Conference Center.

Dr. Christian Hart, psychology professor, talked about lies in our relationships and sex lives.

“Lying in romantic relationships is not all that uncommon,” Hart said.

Researchers have found that people admitted they told lies in approximately 10% of the conversations they had with their spouses, Hart said. When it comes to unmarried romantic partners, the amount of lies increased to about one-third of those interactions.

Hart and ASU associate professor Dr. Drew Curtis conducted a study that looked at benevolent deception and romantic relationships. The study investigated if people engage in deception and if they expected their partners to as well.

“We asked people questions about different forms of altruistic lying and we used a scale called the ‘lying and amorous relationships scale,’” Hart said.
The scale asked people about whether or not they think they should lie to their partners.

“We also reversed it and asked, ‘do you think your partner should do that to you?’” Hart said. “Males think it is more appropriate for them to lie to their partners than females. Another thing we found is that both males and females thought ‘I should lie to my partner,’ but felt less strongly that their partner should lie to them.”

Another aspect they looked at is lying in the context of people’s sexual relationships.

“I had two students who were interested in this topic,” he said. “They created an open-ended qualitative study where they asked people ‘have you ever lied to your sexual partner, and what about?’”

He said the study found that most lies involved deceiving their partner about their enthusiasm to have sex.

“We noted that a lot of these lies were benevolent,” Hart said. “Lies that are presumably told to spare the feelings of someone else.”

Mckenzie Webb, junior, said she attended the lecture for her abnormal psychology class.

“I thought it was really interesting,” she said. “I didn’t realize the statistics were that high.”

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