Financial Infidelity Scale
Is your partner cheating on your shared financial values? Take this test to find out.
By Jourdan Travers, LCSW | 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.
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.