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10 Steps to Restoring Trust in Relationships

In many relationships, there comes a time when someone breaks the trust of the other person. When this happens it can be a long and hard process to earn that trust back. Linda Esposito LCSW, a contributor writer for Psychology Today, has 10 steps to help restore the trust in relationships:

  1. Recognize that all humans are comprised of "good" and "bad" parts. 
  2. Accept your unsavory parts and change what you can
  3. Work on tolerating strong, and intense emotions
  4. Be conscious of projecting those feelings
  5. Leave your past betrayals behind
  6. Manage 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
  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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