Trust and Relationship Issues

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| Trust and relationship issues | 4Q-DRC401X-AB213-07-Principles of Conflict Resolution-Fall 2010 | | Anthony Kemp | 12/12/2010 |


Trust is a basic building block for all types of relationships. There should be one constant from the relationship of a newborn baby with its mother, to the relationship of allied countries, and any other relationship in between. That one constant should be trust. Without trust it is extremely difficult for any relationship to be maintained. A relationship without trust is a relationship that is on a fast track to a certain conflict. What is trust? From the Building Trust website, trust is defined as being “"the willingness of a party (trustor) to be vulnerable to the actions of another
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If you divorce somebody, then you believe that your spouse is incapable of something. If you hold that belief, then you are failing to trust your spouse on some level. As a reader you might question why I am talking about marriage and divorce. The reason being is that the marriage is the basic building block to our society. What happens in the home is a microcosm of what happens in our society as a whole. So if trust is rampant in the home, then it is rampant in all parts of our society. Mistrust is so rampant in our society that it is big business and people are enamored by tales of broken trust. I have already mentioned the TV show “Cheaters”. It is going into its eleventh season of giving the American public the food to quell its appetite for broken trust. There are numerous judge shows and other types of reality based shows that feed this appetite. In the writing of this paper, I was looking for empirical data on the cost of mistrust, but I could not find any proper sources. I know that the business of mistrust is a multi-billion dollar industry. The litigation cost alone is probably in the billions. The numbers could be astronomical if you throw in the private investigation industry, health-care cost due to mistrust, and lost productivity in business. “Think of all the additional tasks that are caused directly by lack of trust. Audit departments only exist because of it. Companies keep voluminous records because they
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