The idea of “little white lies” in relationships, or hiding truths or details from a partner in order to protect the relationship quality, is not a new one and not one necessarily discouraged by experts. Researchers have retermed the phrase as “protective buffering,” based on the idea that full disclosure between partners may not always be best for the relationship and can lead to relationship dissatisfaction. A problem, however, is that this protective buffering, like any other kind of lying, still forces the deceiver to live two lives. One which is designed for their partner to see and exists to promote and maintain their relationship while the other, more true, life must remain hidden.
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