chapter  10
Trust
ByButch Losey
Pages 10

Ultimately, trust in relationships is a multidimensional construct that when in place results in a trusting relationship. Each partner has to have the primary characteristics of trustworthiness and intentionally contribute these characteristics to the relationship through thought and behavior, consistently over time. When couples talk in session about re-establishing trust, they most certainly recognize that it will take substantial time and intentional work. According to B. S. Vanneste, P. Puranam, and T. Kretschmer, there are several ways in which time affects trust, including initial bias correction, change through contextual experience, and trust-based selection and identification. As the relationship develops, the person gradually moves within the relationship to a more accurate assessment of trustworthiness. Trust is more than a combination of behaviors. Since a trusting relationship requires consistency over time, the feeling of trust may not occur for quite a while, even when one or both partners are demonstrating trustworthy behaviors.