By: Jennine Estes, MA
It is very important to show your
partner that you are trust-worthy....and here are some quick tips.
1. Follow through with what you say. If you tell your partner
that you will be home by 8:00, come home no later than 8:00pm. If
you are going to be late, call them and let them know ahead of time.
2. Don't be unrealistic. Avoid saying that you will "Always"
have your cell phone on or you will "Never" turn your phone off.
This is unrealistic. Sometimes your phone will die or you might
forget it or you might not hear it ring. Instead, tell your partner
that you will try your best to answer the phone. And then....follow
through with what you say (tip #1).
3. Let your Partner in. If you have a wall up, it hides
things and creates a suspicious feeling from your partner. Avoid the
suspicious behavior and be an open book. The more open you are, the
more trust you can build.
4. Keep your eyes on your goal. Body language speaks louder
than words....and so does your eye focus. If you are talking to your
partner and a beautiful woman walks by, keep your eyes on your
partner. If your goal is to build trust, then your actions have to
show it. If you want your partner to be self-conscious, then keep
looking at other women. It is your choice.
5. Make time for Communication. Communication can create a
safe and comfortable feeling in your relationship. The more
communication and feelings of safety, the more the trust can build.
If you have a history of trust being broken in your relationship, it
might take more than these behaviors. You will have to resolve the
past so it doesn't interfere with your current behaviors. Possibly
working with a professional therapist can help.
Jennine E. Estes, M.A., Marriage and Family Therapist Intern,
IMF#47211, Supervised by Mark Kaupp, MFC#33213 Visit