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  • Writer's pictureAmaia Oiz

Trust Issues: 4 Warning Signs and 6 Trustworthy Behaviors

Introduction Trust is the cornerstone of any meaningful relationship, whether it's between friends, partners, colleagues, or family members. The term "trust issues" often carries a negative connotation, but these issues are part of our journey to understanding others and forming authentic connections. In this article, we will delve into how to recognize signs of trustworthiness and untrustworthiness in others. By being vigilant about these signs, we can make informed decisions about who to trust and build stronger, more genuine relationships.

The Paradox of Trust Issues

It might seem counterintuitive, but having trust issues isn't necessarily a bad thing. Trust awareness can help us become more discerning in our interactions, and be cautious about whom we let into our lives. Being cautious is a form of self-protection. However, when trust issues become deeply ingrained and start hindering your ability to form meaningful connections, it's essential to address them. Recognizing the fine line between healthy skepticism and perpetual mistrust is the first step toward cultivating genuine relationships.

The Gift of Betrayal

Betrayal, while painful, often serve as a wake-up call that push us to reassess our relationships and beliefs. Rather than resenting these experiences, it's valuable to view them as opportunities for growth. Unfortunately, most people are not directly taught how to trust others, or, not. Each betrayal teaches us something about ourselves, our boundaries, and our expectations. In this sense, betrayals can be catalysts for positive change, prompting us to become more discerning and intentional about the company we keep. While it is important to grieve betrayals, the second valuable step is to become aware of what betrayal has taught us.

4 Behaviors that Foster Distrust:

  1. Overly Defensive Attitude: Example: A friend immediately begins to explain why they did what they did and how your perception is wrong.

  2. Exploiting Vulnerability: Example: A partner uses your fear of rejection against you, making you feel guilty for expressing your needs and emotions.

  3. Invalidating Experiences: Example: A partner refuses to allow you to explain your experience and insists that their perception is Truth.

  4. Punishing Instead of Forgiving: Example: A family member holds onto past grievances, bringing up mistakes from years ago and refusing to let go, evoking guilt or shame to control the narrative.

6 Trustworthy Behaviors to be Aware of:

  1. Recognizing Boundaries Need to be Set: Example 1: A new friend senses you're uncomfortable discussing certain topics and gently asks if there are any boundaries they should respect.

  2. Setting Boundaries: Example: You communicate your need for personal space during work hours to maintain a healthy balance between togetherness and individuality and your partner reserves conversations for after work. Setting boundaries help establish a precedent for open communication and mutual respect in relationships.

  3. Honoring Set Boundaries: Example: A colleague refrains from discussing a sensitive topic even though you're part of an ongoing conversation, showing respect for your boundaries.

  4. Taking Accountability: Example: Your partner recognizes that your feelings are hurt and recognizes their role in hurting you, even if they don't agree with or understand your pain.

  5. Apologizing: Example: A friend apologizes sincerely for being late to a gathering, acknowledging that their tardiness affected everyone's plans.

  6. Effort to Not Offend Again: Example: After realizing a comment was hurtful, a family member educates themselves about the topic to avoid making the same mistake.

Conclusion Trust issues are not insurmountable obstacles; they are stepping stones on the path to healthier relationships. Embrace the lessons that betrayal brings and approach them with gratitude for the wisdom they impart. Remember, trust issues are not a condemnation but an invitation to grow, to become more discerning, and to appreciate the depth and complexity of human connections. By recognizing warning signs and cultivating trustworthy behaviors, you can transform trust issues into opportunities for self-discovery and deeper, more fulfilling relationships.


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