Los Angeles Therapist Yvonne Thomas, Ph.D. Quoted In “Dating Glossary: Catfishing” on datezie.com (05/23/2019)

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What is Catfishing?

Psychologist Yvonne Thomas, Ph.D. explains catfishing is when a person deliberately tries to attract someone into a relationship with him or her by using a fake online profile. Sometimes, this is for financial gain or another sinister, dishonest purpose, where the catfisher takes advantage of an innocent worm.

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Where You Might Hear Catfishing

More than likely, you’ll hear it when discussing past experience with your friends. And often, probably with an over-the-top, dramatic delivery. “Someone might hear the term ‘catfishing’ when describing being tricked into a relationship with a person who pretended to be someone he or she was not and/or had romantic feelings towards him or her,” Dr. Thomas explains. You might also be texted this from a match if you’re holding back on an invite to drinks, as he or she could be nervous you aren’t who you say you are.

Example: “I was totally digging this guy. We talked everyday for a week. And when we met up for dinner? He was nothing like his profile—the photo wasn’t him at all! I was catfished.

Yvonne Thomas Ph.D. is a psychologist in the Los Angeles Area. To read the full article “Dating Glossary: Catfishing” Visit datezie.com