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How can one rebuild trust after it's been broken in a relationship?

Answer from our relationship expert:

Rebuilding trust after it's been broken in a relationship requires time, effort, and commitment from both partners. Start by acknowledging the breach of trust and taking responsibility for any actions that contributed to it. Express genuine remorse and empathy for the hurt caused, and be willing to listen to your partner's feelings without becoming defensive. Foster open communication by sharing your thoughts, concerns, and intentions openly and honestly. Establish clear boundaries and agreements to prevent future issues, and prioritize transparency and reliability in your actions moving forward.

Reflect on the specific trust issues within your relationship and identify areas for improvement. Seek guidance from reputable relationship resources or consider working with a couples therapist to navigate the process effectively. Remember, rebuilding trust takes time and consistent effort, so be patient and compassionate with yourselves and each other along the way.


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April 10, 2024

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