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4 WAYS TO RE-ESTABLISH TRUST IN A RELATIONSHIP  

4 Ways to re-establish trust in a relationship. Trust can be broken quickly, but it can be complicated to build. As the famous saying about trust states, ‘ trust takes years to build, seconds to break and forever to repair.’ trust is a significant basis of any healthy relationship; without trust, a relationship is weak and can sway with any small challenge met. Some relationships do not recover after trust is broken, but others manage and build themselves back. Therefore, the partners decide to give the relationship another go, to take another chance. In this article, we share some steps that would help to successfully re-establish trust in a relationship.  

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1 # THE OFFENDER TO TRULY REPENT/TAKE RESPONSIBILITY  

When trust is broken, it implies that there is an offender, the partner who committed the offence. The offender may be lying, cheating, keeping secrets…if the offender wants to rebuild trust and carry with the relationship, they should genuinely repent. They must acknowledge their wrongdoing, take full responsibility, promise and take the decision to correct their behaviours. They should be committed and consistent in applying their new resolution. They should show true repentance, genuinely apologise for the hurt they caused, and work on themselves.  

2 # THE BETRAYED TO TRULY FORGIVE/LET GO  

The betrayed or offended partner should genuinely forgive and let go. He /she should avoid reminding their partners of the hurt or betrayal all the time. Once they accept to forgive, to give another chance to the relationship, they should completely let go of what has happened. They need total honesty with themselves and their partner on this one; failing to do so could negatively affect the relationship. If you feel that you cannot forgive and forget, it is better to end the relationship; otherwise, you will carry some grudge that will consistently stain your happiness.  

3 # THE COUPLE TO GO ON A NEW FOUNDATION  

The partners should reflect on the experience in their own way. The next step for the couple after the offender takes responsibility, genuinely repenting, and the betrayed genuinely forgiving and letting go, would be to start afresh, to build a new foundation. A new beginning means avoiding the same mistakes and being more open. The offender should do everything within their power to earn their partner’s trust back by addressing the issue and ensuring the problem does not occur again. The betrayed should try their best to their capacity to help the offender in their efforts. The betrayed can do that by not reminding the offender of what has happened, to recognise the offender’s efforts. Both partners should treat the relationship like a new one.  

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4 # THE COUPLE TO BE CONSISTENT AND COMMITTED  

For trust to be re-establish, both partners should be consistent and committed in their efforts. Building back trust takes time. The offender should show his/her commitment and stick to their new resolutions. The betrayed should keep giving appreciation and support to the offender to keep him motivated. Partners should respect each other, which implies giving each other the same consideration and valuing each different opinion. They should focus on working on a new future by telling each other what they really want and need by openly asking and answering; they should have a proper way of communication where each of them has the opportunity to speak and to listen. By doing so, they will build new memories.  

CONCLUSION  

4 Ways to re-establish trust in a relationship. The ways involve:  

  • The offender to truly repent and take responsibility,  
  • The betrayed to truly forgive and let go,  
  • The couple to build a new foundation,  
  • The couple to be consistent and committed.  

There are other steps, but these are the simple proven ways.  

Do you know any other ways? Please share in the comment box.   

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