I often use extreme situations in my stories to force a trust relationship between my hero and heroine. Obviously that’s not practical or something that happens in real life very often. A lot of comments from previous posts seem to indicate that trust is a very hard thing for most of us to give, and easy for us to lose as well.
This made me wonder – in the absence of those extreme circumstances, what makes us trust someone? And on the flip side, what’s the quickest way someone can lose our trust?
It’s a hard thing to pin down, in my opinion. For me, the main qualities I need from someone before I truly trust them are honesty and consistency. And conversely, dishonesty and inconsistency will make me constantly question the other person’s motives, never truly trusting them.
What makes you trust someone? And what one thing will make you walk away without a second thought?