We all know lying is wrong, yet somehow even with the best of intentions lies happen — and probably more often than you’d like to admit. You may say you’d love to meet your co-worker for dinner, when there is nothing further from the truth. You may omit certain information when telling your parents the details of your weekend or tell your partner a little white lie to avoid conflict. However, there’s a fine line between a harmless lie and one that has the power to destroy the trust you’ve worked to establish with another person.
Romantic relationships are even more complicated because past romantic experiences, insecurities, fears, and jealousy all come into play. When a lie penetrates the level of trust you’ve built in your relationship, it can lead to deep hurt, crushed expectations, and may even mark the end of your relationship. If you want to keep your partnership open and honest, there are certain things you should never lie about. Here are five situations where truth reigns:
1. What you need from your partner
In a relationship, it’s your job to tell the other person what you need out of the relationship. You’re going to get hurt unless you communicate your expectations and needs in a clear, honest manner. If you need your partner to prioritize you more, tell them. If you need more space and alone time, just let them know. No matter how much your partner loves you, they probably aren’t a mind reader, so by being honest you’ll save yourself some hurt and disappointment down the road. In return, your partner should share his or her own requirements and together you both can build a healthy relationship that gives you both what you need.