05 Aug Building Trust in Relationships
Trusting others is difficult, especially if you have been betrayed or hurt before by a past lover/friend/parent, etc. Building trust in relationships requires effort in the form of communication, vulnerability, and honesty from all involved.
Building Trust in Relationships
For a relationship to be secure and happy for all involved, there has to be trust. This does not happen overnight for many of us due to past pain and trauma we’ve endured where our trust has been broken. Luckily, trust is something we can learn to develop again with patience and kindness.
To be honest with your partner, you must first be honest with yourself. It is important to really know what we think and feel about the world around us. Lies diminish trustworthiness, so ensure you honor your commitments and don’t make promises you can’t keep.
Trust is built slowly, and from consistency. Being consistent in your words and your actions is the fastest way for another to trust you. Trust is broken when we feel we have been lied to or betrayed. Being consistent in what you say and how you say it (as well as what you do) will ensure you are both on the way to a loving and trusting relationship.
COMMUNICATE, COMMUNICATE, COMMUNICATE!
I am blue in the face from telling people how important effective communication is, not only for building trust in relationships but in general, for their overall satisfaction. When you feel comfortable enough to communicate with your partner about how a certain situation made you feel or why you react a certain way to things, I promise you, your relationship will start to bloom.
Trust cannot happen unless both parties are willing to open up and be unapologetically themselves. Being truly vulnerable with your partner will show them that you not only trust in them enough, but you believe in the relationship enough to let your guard down. Without this step, trust will always be in the distance.