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10 Steps to Restoring Trust in a Relationship

Trust is one of the most important things to have in a relationship. You have to be able to fully trust someone in order for a relationship to work. Because we are all human beings we can make mistakes, that can make one or both people loose trust in the relationship. This is something that is common to happen in a relationship. Linda Esposito LCSW, a contributor writer for Psychology Today, has some tips on how to restore trust in your relationship if the trust has been broken. 

  1. Recognize that all humans are flawed beings. No one is perfect. 
  2. Accept you dark, unsavory, and primitive parts. 
  3. Work on tolerating strong, intense emotions like distress, hostility, rejection, intimacy, and love. 
  4. Be conscious of projecting those feelings externally because you don't want to deal with them. 
  5. Leave your past betrayals behind
  6. Manage your time 
  7. Know that the world is basically a safe place, and believe in the inherent goodwill of others. 
  8. Learn to accept that when someone betrays or compromises your trust, you can withstand uncomfortable feelings of rage, rejection, hurt and uncertainty. 
  9. Forgive yourself for projecting onto others and for lashing out. 
  10. Realize others cannot "get" you if you don't get yourself. 

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