It seemed simple enough, but after studying the phenomenon for over 20 years, I have come to realize there are many different flavors of trust with other people that we experience all the time. Trust is a set of interlocking concepts that form a pattern for each person we know.
Here are a few examples:
Reliance: I might trust you because I know you have my back and will do what is in my best interest.
Consistency: I might trust you because you are consistent and always do what you say.
Common Values: I might trust you because we share common values.
Safety: I might trust you because I know I can tell you what I really think without feeling punished in some way.
So I now…
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