Trust is one of the most important component in building relationships. It is about knowing someone will be honest with you and always be there for you when you need them. It can be hard to know who to trust as many people are afraid of pouring their heart out to someone only to be betrayed. It helps to be able to distinguish what makes a trustworthy or untrustworthy person as well as not letting the mistakes some people make destroy your trust in them.

To establish trust, you can use your courage to take the first step to put your faith in someone. It can be something small like sharing a personal story, telling someone what you are scared of, or even just asking to hang out. If they respond to you positively, then you know you can trust them. Make sure what you tell someone is small enough where you do not feel like if they tell someone it will not be the ultimate betrayal. Wait to tell the big secrets when you know for sure you can trust someone.

You will know someone is trustworthy when they always keep your secrets, listen to what you have to say, and are never late or cancel plans on you. You will realize that some people require different levels of trust. For example, you know your parents love you and would never hurt you so you might be able to fully trust them. Some friends can have it in their nature to be gossipy so you know they are not the right person to trust in your deep, dark secrets.

Untrustworthy people lie all the time, are not good at keeping their commitments, and do not follow through on their plans. Also, be aware that if someone you trust tells you a secret of someone else’s, they will most likely do the same thing to you so they might not be the best person to confide in. It is important to remember that not everyone is perfect. If someone lets you down once, that does not mean they will make it a habit and you might still be able to trust them. It also helps to trust yourself to better help you let people in. If you trust that you can keep your promises and be reliable for someone, then you know the chances are that someone can trust you.

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