Healthy relationships: build them with trust

In the phone call example we gave in communication, the first answer (“You never called me last night! Why not? Don’t you care about me? How could you be so thoughtless? Were you with someone else last night?”) lacks trust. It immediately blames and throws the guilt at the other person. Without trust, even the smallest of mishaps such as a missed phone call can create havoc.

Healthy relationships are, among other things, built on a foundation of mutual trust. What does it mean to trust someone? It means that you believe that person will act in your best interest, that they will be honest and fair with you and look out for your well being.

Here’s the definition just to be clear:

reliance on the integrity, strength, ability, surety, etc., of a person or thing; confidence. 


Trust is actually a two way street – to build it you need to both act trustworthy and to give the other person your trust (but don’t be too generous with your trust – people must earn it!).

How do you build trust? By being honest (next post), loyal (next post after that), respectful (yes another post) communicative (previous post) reliable and consistent. Think about the people that you trust – you trust them because they consistently act in a certain way. You can depend on them. If one day you hear Charlotte talking poorly about Lucinda, and the next day Charlotte is telling Lucinda that they are best friends, are you going to feel like Charlotte is trustworthy? Probably not, because her behavior is not consistent.

In addition, when you don’t give someone your trust, as in the phone call example, you create friction and fear. When you consistently question the motives or actions of another, you are sending the message that you don’t trust them. You may even begin to feel paranoid and your partner may feel like he/she is walking on eggshells all the time. That doesn’t make a person feel loved (liked), accepted, cared for or happy. This may also be an indication that you are not feeling worthy of trust – entirely your own issue and something to think about. For instance, some people don’t trust due to personal issues and past experiences that have nothing to do with the current situation/person. (See Your Past if you want to learn more.)

However, this is not to say you should trust somebody all the time no matter what. If your partner behaves in a way that is inconsistent, dishonest or mean, she has not earned your trust. Yes, trust is a delicate balance, it needs to be both given and earned in equal amounts.

Post Question:

Who do you trust the most and why?

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  • WLKHS1205
    Posted at 03:41h, 09 November Reply

    My friend because we have known each other for so long, and we have lived together for a long period of time. Also we have both shared a lot of secrets with each other and neither of us have ever mentioned them at all.

  • WLKHS1112
    Posted at 20:34h, 08 November Reply

    The person that I trust the most is one of my friends because I have known him for a long time and we have a lot of trust for each other.

  • WLKHS1317
    Posted at 16:26h, 08 November Reply

    Someone I trust the most would be my father. Since trust is described as a two way street, we both do things to gain each others trust. We both do not lie to each other,respectful, reliable and consistent.

  • WLKHS1404
    Posted at 13:55h, 08 November Reply

    The person I trust most is my parents. My parents are someone who I am able to talk to and express myself freely with. They can keep a secret and give me advice and other information when I need it.