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Q: Trust in a relationship ( Answered 5 out of 5 stars,   1 Comment )
Subject: Trust in a relationship
Category: Relationships and Society > Relationships
Asked by: hereisdoug-ga
List Price: $5.00
Posted: 25 Jul 2002 05:16 PDT
Expires: 24 Aug 2002 05:16 PDT
Question ID: 44966
Trust.  I am looking to define the word, "trust" as used in a
relationship.  With trust does verify come with it.  For example, when
a partner or friend says something is it ok for the other person to
ask, "Prove it."  Or can trust simply mean looking at a person's
actions over a period of time to see if the person is consistant.  I
am researching trust from all areas.
Subject: Re: Trust in a relationship
Answered By: j_philipp-ga on 25 Jul 2002 06:26 PDT
Rated:5 out of 5 stars
Hello Hereisdoug,

Trust in a relationship specifically must mean not asking for the
other to prove something. If you have the proof, you would not need
the trust. It's to not know, yet believe.

So how do people build up the initial trust? As so often, we base
assumptions on the future by experiences of the past. There are two
very different approaches, one pessimist and doubtful, and one
optimist and hopeful. In real life, people are usually somewhere in
between the one or the other:
1. A person mistrusts another person, until eventually the other makes
it obvious over time the mistrust is unnecessary
2. A person trusts another person, until eventually the other makes it
obvious over time the trust is unjustified

You can build up the trust to be optimistic either outside of a
relationship (e.g. by seeing that you can trust your parents), or in a
relationship (by seeing that your partner does never let you down, or
lie to you).

Concerning relationships of love, how does jealousy fit into this
One can be jealous because of knowing oneself, and one's own desires,
which can be projected on the partner. But is jealousy always
implicating mistrust? Not necessarily.
One can also be jealous because of low self-esteem.Or because one
feels the partner imposes different measurements of what makes a
relationship, even when the partner does not lie or gives reason to
mistrust (for one it might be OK to flirt with other people, for the
other this might cross the border).

Should one be optimistic, and trust? Out in the real world, you need
to be careful, or you will be hurt. But also, mistrust can poison a
relationship, and become self-fulfilling.

So, you asked if it's OK to for another person to ask, "Prove it."
This question is not asked out of the blue in a relationship of trust
-- it must be a symptom of something else. The real reasons behind the
question should be discussed, by asking the following (as sincere, not
rhetorical question):
- "Do I give you reason to not trust me?"

Hope this helps.
hereisdoug-ga rated this answer:5 out of 5 stars
This is what I was looking for; namely, a point of view that was
clear.  Very good answer. Thank you.

Subject: Re: Trust in a relationship
From: spiritor-ga on 30 Jul 2002 22:01 PDT
Trust in a relationship is not something you have.  It is something
that is recognized through the ABSENCE of something.  Absence of doubt
or suspicion.  It's a bit like darkness.  There is no such thing.  It
is simply the absence of light.

There are two kinds of doubt:  One is the kind that YOU bring to the
relationship out of your own preexisting suspicions about humankind or
that kind of person in general.  The other is those aroused by
specific behaviors of the person.  If you are a suspicious kind of
person, you are unlikely to be able to really trust anyone.  If on the
other hand, you are lucky to be the kind of person who is open towards
people in general, you are already in a trusting mode towards the
people you know.  Most of us lie in between, and little can be said
about them without knowing more about their particulars.

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