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Secret Tests of Relationship Status

  • By: Kimberly J. O'Farrell
  • In: Encyclopedia of Human Relationships
  • Edited by: Harry T. Reis & Susan Sprecher
  • Subject:Interpersonal Relationships, Group Processes/Dynamics, Close Relationships

Secret tests of relationship status are calculated strategies that individuals use to learn, often without asking, how another person feels about their friendship or romantic relationship. They are opportunities for an individual to intuit by the other person's reaction whether that ...

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