Daring to Trust: Opening Ourselves to Real Love and Intimacy

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Shambhala Publications, Dec 14, 2010 - Psychology - 192 pages
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Most relationship problems are essentially trust issues, explains psychotherapist David Richo. Whether it’s fear of commitment, insecurity, jealousy, or a tendency to be controlling, the real obstacle is a fundamental lack of trust—both in ourselves and in our partner.

Daring to Trust offers key insights and practical exercises for exploring and addressing our trust issues in relationships. Topics include:

   • How we learn early in life to trust others (or not to trust them)

   • Why we fear trusting

   • Developing greater trust in ourselves as the basis for trusting others

   • How to know if someone is trustworthy

   • Naďve trust vs. healthy, adult trust

   • What to do when trust is broken

Ultimately, Richo explains, we must develop trust in four directions: toward ourselves, toward others, toward life as it is, and toward a higher power or spiritual path. These four types of trust are not only the basis of healthy relationships, they are also the foundation of emotional well-being and freedom from fear.

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I have not met a book so deeply speaking about such a sensitive and complicated topic as trust as this book. A few aspects of trust were omitted such as processes involved in the growth of trust to the point of marrriage but in a nutshell, this book is Superb!! Well done Dr. Richo.


What Is Trust?
Our Early Sense of Trust
How Trust Happens in Relationships
How We Miss Trust
Trust Lost Trust Regained
Trusting Ourselves
Our Core Trust in Reality
Trust in Powers beyond Us
Trust in Gracefull Coincidence

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David Richo, PhD, is a psychotherapist, teacher, writer, and workshop leader whose work emphasizes the benefits of mindfulness and loving-kindness in personal growth and emotional well-being. He is the author of numerous books, including How to Be an Adult in Relationships and The Five Things We Cannot Change. He lives in Santa Barbara and San Francisco, California.

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