Introduction

Trust is the key ingredient in any successful relationship. Without trust, there is no intimacy and without intimacy, we cannot really love anyone. That is why trust is so important to lead a happy and productive life.

The more we trust others, the better our relationships will be. Conversely, the less we trust others, the weaker our relationships will be. Obviously, there will be people who will betray our trust. Everyone gets betrayed in his or her life at one time or another. The important thing is not to lose confidence in our self once someone betrays our trust.

It should be noted that there are varying degrees of trust depending upon the type of relationship.

Trust is something that is earned over a period of time. It doesn’t happen immediately.

Trust is very significant in terms of our personal development for it impacts all facets of our life.

Definition Of Trust

The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines trust as “assured reliance on the character, ability, strength, or truth of someone or something.”

How Is Trust Created?

Trust is created in our childhood and is fostered with loving and nurturing parents.

Generally when this type of child enters adulthood they can lead a very productive life because they have a high level of self-esteem. Thus, they are upbeat and optimistic about life.

When we have parents who are abusive either emotionally or physically, this leads to self-doubt, anxiety and anger in an individual.

This can result in a person who is mistrustful in their relationships with people in their adulthood and they have a cynical outlook toward life.

This type of  person can  have difficult professional and  personal relationships in their life. They may benefit from a therapist to overcome these deficiencies.

Also when people are teased, bullied or ostracized by their peer group in their teens, they can be adversely affected for their entire life. They can become mistrustful of people. And they can develop defense mechanisms because they were hurt. This is because teens are at their most vulnerable at this time.

One form of sadism is known at cyber bullying. Cyber bullying is defined by Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary as “the electronic posting of mean spirited messages about a person (such as a student) often done anonymously.”

Cyber bullying has been responsible for many suicides by teens because it goes to the heart of betrayal of trust. In essence these ostracized teens feel a total sense of loss and betrayal by their peer group.

How Do You Build Trust?

The following list contains some of the ways in which to build trust:

  1. Open Communication is essential in building trust between partners. Instead of sulking about your  problems, communicate more frequently with each other face to face.
  2. You must share your thoughts and feelings with each other. In order to maintain a relationship of trust you must be open with each other.
  3. Empathy is extremely important to building trust in a relationship. Empathy differs from sympathy and is defined by the Merriam-Webster Dictionary as “the capacity for participation in another’s feelings or ideas.” Try to understand your partner’s needs and put yourself in their place. Empathy can improve trust in your relationship.
  4. Doing something new and different in your relationship can foster growth which can increase trust between the partners.
  5.  Handling the stress when your relationship goes through difficult times will lead to a greater understanding. Every relationship will have its ups and downs at some point in time.

Summary

Trust is critical to our personal development.

Without trust, we cannot form healthy relationships which impacts all areas of our life.

About the author: Bob

Bob is a businessman, athlete, and entrepreneur who is passionate about helping people progress personally through better self-awareness.

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