SAGE Journal Articles

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Boon, S. D., & McLeod, B. A. (2001). Deception in romantic relationships: Subjective estimates of success at deceiving and attitudes toward deception. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 18, 463–476.

Understand the concept of deception in communication. Identify secret keeping strategies.

This article discusses and examines the role of deception in romantic relationships. The information explains the means by which one chooses to deceive and the strategies used. These are determined in their communication styles in the way they avoid or confront their partners when confronted. The deception is defined as any non -verbal or verbal attempt to mask the truth from another. Dealing with suspicion and perceived modes of dishonesty is also discussed.

  1. Discuss how the idea of suspicion affects communication in relationships.
  2. How does one determine the strategy used for deceptive interpersonal exchanges?
  3. Explain the purpose of keeping some information secretive in relationships.
  4. Discuss dishonesty as a means of avoiding confrontation.


Murphy, A. M., & Russell, G. (2016). Rejection sensitivity, jealousy, and the relationship to interpersonal aggression. Journal of Interpersonal Violence.

This article is based upon research done by convenience sampling of 247 women. They examine the feelings of rejection in jealousy based relationships. Stable relationships are thought of as being more intimate; however, many relationships continue due to a fear of rejection and loss, while ignoring underlying problems. Dispositions are studied as they influence the communication styles and responses to aggression and sensitivity that vary form one partner to another.

  1. Discuss the implications of jealousy as a basis for rejection.
  2. Does fear of rejection cause individuals to tolerate unhealthy situations?
  3. Explain how aggression influences the response to sensitivity.
  4. Examine the role feelings play in the response to rejection in long-term relationships.