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How to Rebuild Trust

If trust has been damaged in a relationship, there are things that you can do to help rebuild your trust, intimacy, and connection. Steps you can take:

  • Be open and willing to work on the relationship

  • Create new positive experiences together

  • Talk to one another

  • Find ways to connect

  • Say what you mean and mean what you say

  • Keep and follow through on commitments you make

  • Be consistent

  • Listen empathetically, be present with your partner, and ask questions to better understand them and your relationship with them

  • Continually deepen your own self-awareness so that you can share your most honest thoughts, emotions, needs, and requests

  • Acknowledge and take responsibility for mistakes made, apologise for the harm done, and be clear and specific about how things will be approached differently in the future.

  • Patience is also important. It may take time to rebuild trust, but continuing to work toward improving your relationship can help you eventually mend those damaged connections.