About Trust Disorders

         All creatures constantly judge whether their environment is safe (will not cause significant injury, pain, or death). "I trust you" means "I believe you will not cause me significant pain or injury." One of six psychological wounds that typical survivors of low-childhoods bear is trusting too easily (and being repeatedly used and betrayed), or excessive distrust - which hinders genuine bonding and intimacy.

        Excessive distrust can include (a) doubting one's own judg-ment and behavior ("I know if I go to Las Vegas, I'll spend too much and regret it."), and/or (b) ignoring, minimizing, or rejecting the sup-port and wise guidance of a loving Higher Power. Excessive trust or distrust indicates the person's personality is ruled by a false self.

      In this nonprofit Web site, Lesson 1 focuses on assessing for psychological wounds and reducing them over time. psychological wounds appear to be very common, and to be one of five reasons for the U.S. divorce epidemic and most other social problems. Do you know anyone who's over-cautious or naive (too trusting)?

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