What are trust issues? We hear this term get thrown around so often, but what does it really mean?
Trust Issues are when an individual is unable to rely on others and trust their word. There are many things that can cause trust issues from childhood events to past relationships. Trust issues usually come up in every relationship, especially personal relationships (friends, family, romantic relationships).
The term “trust issues” may have a negative connotation. It is a label that some may be ashamed of or not want to acknowledge in themself. Trust issues are evidence that you have been hurt and may need to actively try to heal.
Here are 5 signs that you may have trust issues and how to Deal with Them
- You find yourself avoiding commitment, especially in romantic relationships.
- You tend to avoid having close relationships or close social connections.
- You may assume that all people will just hurt you
- You find it difficult to forgive others for small mistakes or misinterpretations.
- You may display jealous behaviours and keep a distance from others.
Here are 3 tips to help you deal with trust issues:
- Try getting to the root of your trust issues. There are many things that can cause you to have trust issues. Sometimes, exploring this topic through journaling, speaking to your loved one and seeing a professional counsellor can help you identify the root cause of it and try to create ways to heal
- Communication, oftentimes the fear of someone being dishonest and you not trusting them comes from lack of communication. Try to communicate often and fully.
- Define what trust means to you. What does trust look like? How do you know you trust someone? Why would you trust someone? By defining trust, you’ll be able to better understand how YOU view trust and how to implement it more in your life and try to trust again.