Trusting in a Sometimes Cruel World

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When: Thursday, April 26th, 2018, at 5:30 PM Eastern U.S. Time

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Event Outline

Unit One

What is the definition of trust?
According to “Dictionary.com,” trust can be defined as “reliance on the integrity, strength, ability, surety, etc., of a person or thing: confidence.

People who have social anxiety or a history of a traumatic event in their lives may have difficulty trusting others. Or a person may just have had multiple negative experiences with trying to trust people or institutions which destroys their ability to rely on others. This may in turn create stress and anxiety when it comes to interpersonal relationships.

Unit Two

How is trust developed?
Erik Erikson studied the developmental stages of children. He specifically researched the importance of trust and the major role it plays in a child's ongoing growth and development. Erikson hypothesized that a baby who is raised by parents who consistently respond to meet the needs of the child will develop trust by the end of the first year. For example, if the infant is hungry, the parent will provide nourishment. If the baby has a dirty diaper, the adult will change it. These consistent actions and sensitive care of the parent helps to form a secure attachment.

What types of childhood experiences contribute to trust issues?
Inconsistency in parenting and breaking promises result in insecurity and mistrust in a child. Raging arguments between parents or abuse directly to the child hinders trust. These events in childhood can impact the future for this person. It affects future relationships because people learn to protect themselves by building a defense system against more emotional pain, confusion and dishonesty.

Unit Three

How do you decide to trust someone?

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