We've all been there: You're in a relationship for a while and you become comfortable. It's great right? You would think so, but when does comfortable become complacent?
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Rather than reveal our bad moods or start an argument, the study found that it's quite common to cuddle, hold hands and carress our partners. In fact, non-married individuals expressed deceptive affection three times a week to their significant others.
"Couples use deceptive affection because they feel negatively about their partner and want to save face, avoid embarrassing their partner or sidestep a situation that may land them in hot water,"said DePaul University's Sean Horan, Ph.D.
So, are we staying in relationships we no longer find fulfilling to avoid facing inevitable arguments or a breakup? Or is this just a habit?
Researchers say this form of affection is not necesscarily negative behavior and can even help maintain relationships.
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We can't help but wonder how it feels on the other side of this: How would you feel if your partner was hugging and kissing you in order to spare your feelings? Is it hurtful or harmless?
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