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Photo: eldar nurkovic (Shutterstock) A strong relationship is built on trust, but that trust is also fragile—if you’ve been deceived before, you know how hard it is to regain it. Even if you think you’ve moved on from someone betraying you in the past, you might still struggle with trust issues in less noticeable ways. An inability to trust prevents you from fully engaging in a relationship; without trust, you’re held back from feeling vulnerable, intimate, and safe with another person. But what can you do about it? I spoke with Whitney Goodman , a licensed psychotherapist and author of Toxic Positivity . Here’s your guide to identifying and overcoming trust issues so that you can let your relationships grow to their full potential. Why we develop trust issues Trust issues are a natural result after someone’s trust has been violated, particularly when it was by someone who they felt they should be able to trust. Goodman gives the common example of someone who grew up learning that their parents or caregivers don’t do what they say they will—that person may develop issues trusting others in adulthood. Another example is when people experienced infidelity or gaslighting in their relationships. Signs of trust issues Difficulty trusting others manifests in different ways. Goodman lists the following signs that someone has issues trusting others: Questioning others constantly Feeling like people are lying to you Constantly asking for validation or confirmation from others Using controlling behaviors, like needing to check someone’s phone or […]