Relationship Advice: 25 Lies People Tell in Relationships

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By Jackie Pilossoph, Editor-in-chief, Divorced Girl Smiling, Love Essentially columnist and author

In this week’s Love Essentially, I offer relationship advice by sharing 25 lies people in relationships tell. Check it out and let me know if you’ve ever heard one of these!

Recognize Any Of These Relationship Lies? by Jackie Pilossoph for Chicago Tribune Media Group

The other day, I was having lunch with a girlfriend who was complaining that she hadn’t heard from a guy she went out with a few times. I asked her what she thought the reason was that he hasn’t called or texted, and her answer sparked the idea for this column.

“He’s really busy with work right now,” she rationalized. “Plus, he’s going out of town.”



Just then, I realized that my dear, sweet, naive girlfriend was a victim of a relationship lie — a little white lie told to sugarcoat the truth, which in this case means that, for whatever reason, he’s not interested in getting together with her.

Later that night, I decided to write down a few more relationship lies and lines I’ve heard or heard about, and found myself vehemently typing. Before I knew it, I had 25! Here they are:




1. “Sorry I haven’t called. Work has been crazy.” Remember that movie, “He’s Just Not That Into You”? This is what comes to mind when I hear a man or woman say this. Like the movie and book say, if someone wants to see you, he’ll make time, no matter what’s going on in his life.

2. “I’m fine.” This is a lie mostly told by a woman when she’s being quiet and her partner asks, “What’s wrong?” (Click here to read the rest of the article, published in the Chicago Tribune Pioneer Press)

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Jackie Pilossoph

Editor-in-chief: Jackie Pilossoph

Divorce is a journey. Live it with grace, courage and gratitude. Peace and joy are on the way! Jackie Pilossoph is the creator and Editor-In-Chief of Divorced Girl Smiling. The author of the novels, Divorced Girl Smiling and Free Gift With Purchase, Pilossoph also writes the weekly dating and relationships advice column, “Love Essentially”, published in the Chicago Tribune Pioneer Press and the Chicago Tribune online. Additionally, she is a Huffington Post contributor. Pilossoph holds a Masters degree in journalism from Boston University.

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