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Financial Infidelity Scale

Is your partner cheating on your shared financial values? Take this test to find out.

Mark Travers, Ph.D.

By Mark Travers, Ph.D. | February 07, 2024

Financial infidelity is defined as participating in any financial behavior that one's romantic partner is likely to disapprove of and purposefully withholding this information from them.

When a person engages in financial infidelity, they are most likely to:

  • Hide their spending habits
  • Hide or lie about their savings
  • Hide personal financial matters
  • Engage secretly in gambling
  • Lie about their income
  • Hide their debts
  • Give money to others

As a diagnostic tool, the Financial Infidelity Scale enables psychologists to delve deeper into the underlying motivations and psychological factors driving financial deceit, facilitating a more comprehensive understanding of interpersonal dynamics and trust issues within partnerships. This understanding can inform therapeutic strategies aimed at fostering communication, rebuilding trust and promoting financial transparency.

For lay people, the scale offers a practical tool for self-assessment and reflection, empowering individuals to recognize and confront deceptive financial behaviors within their own relationships. By identifying red flags and assessing the severity of financial infidelity, individuals can initiate constructive conversations with their partners, seek appropriate support or counseling, and take proactive steps to address trust issues and strengthen their financial partnership.

You can take this test here. Please follow all of the steps to receive your results.

Step 1: Rate the following statements based on how much you agree with them on a scale of strongly disagree to strongly agree.

Step 2: Enter your age, gender, region, and first name so we can provide you with a detailed report that compares your test scores to people similar to you.

Step 3: Check to make sure you've provided answers to all of the statements/questions above. Once you've done that, click the button below to send your responses to Awake Therapy's Lead Psychologist, Mark Travers, Ph.D. He will provide you with an overview of how you scored relative to others (all answers are anonymized and confidential to protect users' privacy). He can also answer any follow-up questions you may have.

References: Garbinsky, E. N., Gladstone, J. J., Nikolova, H., & Olson, J. G. (2019). Love, lies, and money: Financial infidelity in romantic relationships. Journal of Consumer Research, 47(1). 1–24.

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