MUTUAL PRETENSE

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typically occurs between members of a group due to anxiety of the consequences if any of the group fail to act as though they were entirely unaware of crucial facts. An example is hiding the fact someone is terminally ill to shield a person from emotional harm.

MUTUAL PRETENSE: "Groups will typically adopt a mutual pretence when supporting their normal demeanour may lead to undesirable consequences. "
Cite this page: N., Sam M.S., "MUTUAL PRETENSE," in PsychologyDictionary.org, April 7, 2013, https://psychologydictionary.org/mutual-pretense/ (accessed June 27, 2022).

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