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Shattered Trust: The Impact of Past Traumas

Dennis • M.Sc.
4 min readApr 15, 2024

To a certain point, lack of trust acts as a means of survival and self-protection. These abilities, provide us with the means to distinguish between good and bad, as well as what limits put to trust are essential conditions in order to avoid becoming complicit in our own exploitation.

Problems and “paranoia” begin when wariness becomes suspicion that leads us to live in fear, preventing us from trusting even our closest people.

A Breach Of Trust

The perception that trust is dangerous arises through past experiences that we have interpreted as situations of increased insecurities. Most of the time, unless later life experiences change us in a dramatic manner, the sense of childhood fear remains almost undifferentiated.

Most of the time, unless later life experiences change us in a dramatic manner, the sense of childhood fear remains almost undifferentiated.

  • In childhood, when we are most vulnerable in terms of our means of understanding and interpreting what happens to us, the experiences that damage trust are those that are perceived as a lack of love.
  • In adulthood, such experiences are illness and accidents, financial uncertainties, loss

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Dennis • M.Sc.

Owner of Nadenco™ | Sleek Apps for the Mac | https://naden.co | Experienced Software Architect specializing in macOS, iOS and Emulation development.