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    Paula Thompson

    Reaching a New Level of Trust - Key Ingredients Every Fearful Avoidant Needs

    Trust is an incredibly important element of any healthy relationship, especially those involving fearful avoidants. Without trust, it can be difficult to take the next step and fully open up with your partner. While developing trust takes time, this article will focus on the key ingredients or steps necessary for a fearful avoidant to trust their partner.

    It is important to remember that for trust to exist in any relationship, there must be an element of safety. Fearful avoidants have typically been through various traumas, so it is essential that you feel this sense of security in the relationship. This does not happen overnight and requires patience and understanding from the other person. Consider talking about past experiences that left a lasting impact, as this serves as a reminder to both individuals of the importance of showing compassion and unconditional support.

    Second, trust requires mutual respect. Mutual respect means having an appreciation for the differences between two people while still validating each others thoughts and feelings. By creating a safe space to talk openly and honestly, this can bring couples closer together, remove doubts, and create understanding. Respect also involves being able to listen without judgment and without giving unsolicited advice. Instead, offer comfort and support in any conversations that are disturbing or make the person uncomfortable.

    Third, trust takes consistency and commitment. Observing how the other person behaves in different scenarios gives the fearful avoidant a good indication of whether their partner is consistently dependable. Commitment is evidenced through following through on promises and providing ongoing support when needed. It is essential that both people are willing to work hard and make sacrifices even when life events become difficult or challenging.

    Trust requires self-awareness and inner strength. Each individual should strive to become more aware of any underlying fears or worries that may interfere in the relationship, and utilize any healthy coping techniques such as exercising, meditating, talking with friends/family, or journaling as needed. Taking time out of your day to reflect on your values, beliefs, emotions and working on building emotional resilience is important, as these measures help to greatly improve relationships. Above all else, practice self-love and accept yourself for who you are, including the areas you would like to work on. Though developing trust is a long journey, it is by no means impossible. With patience, consistent effort and dedication, a fearful avoidant can regain the trust of their partner and experience the connection, love and happiness that comes with trusting someone fully.

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