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Do you trust your partner?

February 17, 2018
  • Yes, our relationship is built on trust
  • Not completely
  • No, but I have legitimate reasons why

In the ever-evolving realm of relationships, trust remains a constant topic of discussion, debate, and introspection. When the question “Do you trust your partner?” was posed, the diverse range of responses shed light on the many layers of trust that exist in partnerships. Let’s journey through each of these answers and uncover the reasons behind them. And, just for fun, we’ll sprinkle in some quirky statistics and insights that might just surprise you.

“Yes, our relationship is built on trust.” 

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Many people opt for this response, and it’s a heartening one. Relationships that are built on trust often boast strong communication and understanding between partners. As legendary author Ernest Hemingway once remarked, “The best way to find out if you can trust somebody is to trust them.” Those who resonate with this answer likely have navigated many storms together and have come out stronger.

A survey showed that couples who communicate openly about their concerns are 70% more likely to report high levels of trust in their relationship. So, for those in this camp, those nightly pillow talks and candid coffee chats might just be doing wonders.

“Not completely.”

Life isn’t a romantic comedy, and not every relationship fits into a neat, trust-filled box. Those who admit they don’t trust their partner completely might be in relationships that are still evolving, or they might have faced challenges that put dents in their trust armor.

Consider this: a study found that 1 in 4 Americans admits to keeping at least one secret from their partner. Whether it’s the hidden stash of chocolate in the third kitchen drawer or something more profound, small secrets can sometimes cast big shadows.

People who lean towards this response might be in the process of rebuilding trust or learning how to navigate a partnership with someone who has different boundaries or expectations when it comes to trust.

“No, but I have legitimate reasons why.”

Ah, the intricate dance of trust and reason. For some, trust isn’t a given. It has to be earned. And, if it’s broken, the journey to mend it can be long and winding. Those who resonate with this response might have faced betrayals, disappointments, or other challenges in their relationship that have given them cause for pause.

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Jane Austen, with her piercing insights into human nature, once wrote, “Seldom, very seldom, does complete truth belong to any human disclosure; seldom can it happen that something is not a little disguised or a little mistaken.” Many of us can attest to this in our relationships.

Interestingly, a recent survey found that around 30% of individuals have experienced a breach of trust in their current relationship. Whether it’s a forgotten anniversary (ouch!) or something more profound, these experiences can shape one’s perspective on trust.

Sprinkling in Some Fun Trust Tidbits

  • Did you know that couples who laugh together are more likely to trust each other? A good chuckle might just be the trust glue you need.
  • In a rather odd twist, a survey revealed that 12% of Americans trust their pets’ judgment of character more than their own. So, if Fido isn’t warming up to your partner, you might want to ponder why!
  • Blue is often associated with feelings of calm and trust. So, for those looking to boost trust, maybe try donning that blue shirt for your next date night?


Trust in relationships is multifaceted, dynamic, and deeply personal. The way one person navigates trust can differ vastly from another. The journey of trust is peppered with learning, growth, challenges, and, yes, a fair amount of fun (especially if you’re letting Fido weigh in on matters of the heart).

As you reflect on your own relationships and where you land on the trust spectrum, remember that trust, like all good things, often takes time, patience, and a healthy dose of laughter. Whatever your answer may be, the journey of understanding it is one worth taking.

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