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Trust has Limitations

Meaning of Trust

Psychologically, Trust is a set of behaviour. Trust is something which is safe and reliable. It is a belief in the probability of the success or failure of a long-time bonding, habitual attitudes, present situations, and the Intensity of communication.

1. Trust depends on the ‘relationships’ of an individual to the one you are verifying trust. Blood relationships are more reliable than the romantic relations of a few days.

2. Trust very well depends on the habitual attitude of a person. Suppose a person is ‘trustworthy’ with everyone then you are most likely to trust him/ her in future. An institution which is running from a long period of time is more reliable to the one just started. Habits is also called creating impressions with people around.

3. A person is most trustable in the Present circumstances; if the circumstances are not affecting the person on any conditions. Suppose you seek your lover to kill a person. And murder is considered a heinous crime so the person you are trusting to act such may not get involved ethically.

4. Trust also depends on the factor of the level of communication to a person you trust. Suppose you are communicating to a person on a regular basis, then you are more likely to trust a person. If there is a lack of communication between two people, then the level of trust would also deteriorate. Remember, companies are engaged in a constant process of marketing because they want to maintain their trust in the markets.

Trust Philosophy

Trust is an abstract concept in philosophy. It couldn’t be defined logically. The abstract concepts are believed to be affected by various factors.

When we trust someone, there is a feeling of confidence & security in the proceedings of a person. You believe in what a person does because you trust a person. There should be enough evidence present to trust a person. If a person always breaks promises and don’t understand the sensitivity of an issue, then the person ceased to be called ‘trustworthy’.

So, the quality of a trust depends on how well a person is capable of influencing others with his nature as a ‘trustworthy’.  Suppose a person breaks your trust, then you are most likely to avoid any contacts and feel negative emotions for the same person.

Once the quality of trusting someone spoils, there is a higher chance of breakups and bad relations.  To maintain the quality of trust, one must fulfil the expectations that a person keeps on you.

Practical Trust

Practical trust, simply, means an act of doing something in a certain way. It comes from the habitual doing of things over a period of time. It influences others to have faith and belief in your doing because of your routine practice. It’s no wonder the best practitioner is so called because of the increase in the quality of his work due to the continued involvement over a period of time.

Intellectual Trust

This kind of trust is mostly related to a person sayings. It is one of my favourite story from Panchatantra, ancient Indian short tales when a young man would alarm the villagers by boasting about the arrival of a jackal. This goes on for a few days and the young man would laugh at people running away to save lives. In this way, people start losing trust in a young boy. And one day, a jackal really came. But, this time, no one believed him. And the animal causes the village tribe a great loss. Therefore, it is said that one must be continuous in showing loyalty and trust to others every time. Remember, Time tests everyone.


There should be some independent and rational reasons to trust a person. “I trust a person because he is working with my father from a long time”  “He trusts me because I have invested money in his project ” So, there should always be some valid reasons to get in a good relationship and trust for a lifetime.


“I trust you, and you trust me” There should always be co-dependency when it comes to abstract concepts such as trust. Unreasonably trusting a person without a belief that she ‘trusts you or not’ could be harmful. Unconditional expectations without checking that a person is trusting you parallelly or not are very dangerous. Therefore, without setting a proper expectations line, trusting may be inappropriate.

Ethics of trust

There is always an ethical factor when topics like trusts are explored. You remember I have given an example of a partner expecting from others to murder her ex. This is absurdly unethical.

There are some ethical obligations to follow while trusting a person.

A person whose sources are not reliable and strong evidence could be collected of personal misconduct would be termed as untrustworthy.

In a relationship, one-way expectations are unethical. Both partners should expect love, encouragements, trust, compassionate and supports. One way expectations and love mostly result in break-ups and emotional disturbances.

Trust in simple words

In simple terms, trust is the certain beliefs that a person would do the right thing for the right reason at the right time.

To avoid any clash in relationships, the trust factor is very important. You get influenced by a person and start trusting. But, you should check the ethical, social and behavioural factors before judging and trusting an individual in reality.

Author: Madhvi

A philosopher, Writer, Traveler, PhD Scholar, Vegan and pet-lover.

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