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I trust him totally.  She is very trustworthy.

We hear this all of the time.  What does trusting someone really mean?

When we say we trust someone, what we are saying is that based on our observations and instincts, that person is more likely than not to perform a given behavior.  Really, what we are saying is that a person has learned how to perform a certain way, on a consistent basis. 

Can we really label a person as 'trustworthy?'  When we break it down and look at the whole picture we will see that trusting someone is really a matter of situational divisions.  You may trust your best friend to not hit on your boyfriend, but you may not trust them to pay you back the $20 you loaned them last week.  You may trust your partner to be sexually exclusive to you, but you may not trust her to not watch porn.  Trust is very much depended on a person's level of maturity with some aspect of life. 

So then, why do we label some people as 'trustworthy' and others as not?  This is really something we must look at on an individual basis.  Some people can be trusted in more situations than others.  These may even be seen as 'people-pleasers' or those who want to do good by others.  Perhaps in this case being trustworthy isn't necessarily a positive label.  Some people are trustworthy in more situations because they truly have a deep need to give to others.  Perhaps this is a spiritual awakening or perhaps they simply have an abundance and want to share that abundance.  Perhaps if their lives start to go awry and they are not completely abundant (physically and spiritually) then they will not be so 'trustworthy.'

What does it mean to trust?


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Comment by elle on December 31, 2011 at 9:01pm

perhaps the best evidence is consistent behavior over a very long period of time in a wide variety of circumstances.....of course there could always be room for doubt, but one must be able to have some level of evidence for making a decision about trusting someone.....


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