Defining Relational Trust

(1st in a series on trust in relation to Reactive Attachment Disorder)
 
Trust is a major topic in connection with RAD (Reactive Attachment Disorder). Rightly so. After all, trust is a major component of a mutually satisfying personal relationship with another person. That’s not all. Trust is a major factor when it comes to absolute essentials like eternal life and relating to God. So I’d like to zoom in on this topic for a few posts to trace various aspects of trust in relationships.

First, let’s define the term “trust.” The Concise Oxford American Dictionary defines “trust” as the firm belief in the reliability, truth, ability or strength of someone or something. In the context of RAD, we can ignore the trust in “something.” We’re using it in reference to human relationships, not trust in objects or laws of physics. The trust we mean is one that reduces conflict and provides for peace and harmony with others.

This definition is not exhaustive, but it is enough to clarify for the coming posts.

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About Linda

Wifing, Singing, Studying, Counseling. I counsel at Gateway Biblical Counseling and Training Center. M.A. in Biblical Counseling. Certified by Association of Certified Biblical Counselors
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