#121: Building Blocks of Trust: From Brené Brown to Biblical WisdomOct 06, 2023
Unlocking the Anatomy of Trust: A Spiritual and Psychological Guide
Trust is the cornerstone of any meaningful relationship.
Whether it's with a partner, a friend, or even with God, trust is what binds us together. But what happens when that trust is broken? How do we build it in the first place? In today's episode, we'll explore the Anatomy of Trust, drawing insights from Brene Brown's BRAVING framework and the spiritual wisdom of the Trust Triangle.
What is Trust?
Trust is a complex emotion, often misunderstood and easily broken. At its core, trust is the firm belief in the reliability, truth, or ability of someone or something. It's the foundation upon which all relationships are built. Without trust, there's no love, no friendship, and indeed no divine connection.
The Role of Vulnerability
Vulnerability is the birthplace of trust. To trust is to be vulnerable. It's to open your heart and let someone in, not knowing if they'll cherish or break it. Vulnerability is where we find courage, connection, and yes, our faith.
Brene Brown's BRAVING Framework
Before we dive deeper, it's essential to give full credit to Brene Brown, who developed the BRAVING framework. This framework serves as a checklist for understanding trust and consists of seven elements:
Setting and respecting boundaries in relationships are crucial for building trust. Boundaries define your emotional and physical space and are a sign of self-respect.
Being consistent in your actions and words builds trust over time. Reliability shows that you can be counted on.
Owning your mistakes and making amends fosters trust. It shows maturity and responsibility.
Keeping confidences and valuing privacy are key to building trust. When someone shares something with you, it stays with you.
Choosing courage over comfort and what's right over what's easy or fun builds trust. Integrity is about aligning your actions with your values.
Creating a safe space where both you and the other person can be vulnerable and authentic fosters trust.
Extending the most generous interpretation to the intentions, words, and actions of others builds a trusting environment.
The Trust Triangle
The Trust Triangle consists of three points: Trusting Yourself, Trusting Others, and Trusting God. Each point is interconnected, and they all influence one another.
When you trust yourself, you set healthy boundaries and act with integrity. You listen to your intuition and make choices that align with your values and faith.
Trusting others is a two-way street; it's something you give and something you receive. When you trust others, you essentially say, 'I believe you will respect my boundaries, be reliable, and keep my confidences.'
Trusting God is the pinnacle of the Trust Triangle. When we trust God, we're extending the most generous interpretation to the events and circumstances in our lives. We're also creating a space for nonjudgment, where we can be our authentic selves in our relationship with the Divine.
Trust and Faith
Your ability to trust in your relationships is a reflection of your trust in God. When you trust that God has your best interests at heart, it becomes easier to extend that trust to others. Scriptural insights, like Proverbs 3:5-6, remind us that trust is a divine principle, deeply rooted in our relationship with God.
Trust is a journey, and understanding its anatomy is the first step. Whether you're looking to build trust in a new relationship or rebuild it in an existing one, the insights from Brene Brown's BRAVING framework and the Trust Triangle offer a holistic approach to understanding this complex emotion.
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