Trust is a central feature of all human relationships. It begins with our earliest social interactions and has powerful implications for our most intimate relationships throughout our lives. There is still much to learn about the origins of trust, the ways in which trust develops in a specific relationship, the consequences for a relationship when trust breaks down, and the ways in which trust can be rebuilt. However, the study of this important topic has already produced valuable insights. As we continue gain knowledge about trust, the things we learn hold great promise for enriching the quality of our most valued intimate relationships.
See also: ATTACHMENT: COUPLE RELATIONSHIPS; ATTACHMENT: PARENT-CHILD RELATIONSHIPS; COMMUTER MARRIAGES; FAMILY STRENGTHS; FRIENDSHIP; INFIDELITY; INTIMACY; LOVE; RELATIONSHIP INITIATION; RELATIONSHIP MAINTENANCE; SOCIAL EXCHANGE THEORY
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JOHN K. REMPEL