RESOLVING THE ISSUE AND REBUILDING TRUST—PART I
Putting It All Together
The first steps in rebuilding trust involve frank discussions, admissions of wrongdoing, and sincere apologies. The process works best when the person who has been betrayed can describe how their partner violated their expectations and the partner at fault takes responsibility for their actions, answers any questions truthfully, and apologizes for the harm they have done. Such conversations show a willingness to be cooperative and serve as the foundation for the next set of discussions, which are aimed at finding a solution to the issues that led to the problem in the first place.
- The betrayed individual needs to describe how their partner violated their expectations.
- The person who betrayed their partner’s trust needs to be forthright about their shortcomings.
- The person who betrayed their partner’s trust also needs to apologize for the damage their actions have caused.