Trust monologue introduction

Authors from across the world have advocated that trust is the cornerstone of society and essential to its survival. There is little doubt that trust between individuals of different cultures is fundamental to the survival of multi-cultural societies such as Canada, USA, and the UK. There is a growing chorus of writers, though, who have expressed the view that trust is in crisis in contemporary society. They argue that trust is in serious decline in all aspects of contemporary life including politics, sexual relationships, financial institutions, sports, and the entertainment industry. This position is understandable because almost every day issues regarding trust are raised in the media, indeed including trust in the media itself. Also, individuals encounter their own personal challenges to trusting others every day in their continued attempts to live full and satisfying lives.

The purpose of the “Psychology of Trust” book is to help people understand trust both from a broad societal perspective and a personal perspective. This goal is achieved by chapters in the book that deal with such topics as lying, trust in romantic relationships, trust in the workplace, trust in physicians, trust in politics, terrorism, trust in God, and building trust. Some of the chapters provide practical guides to resolving issues of trust and have the potential of helping individuals. The audio resource accompanying this book provides an additional insight into people’s personal struggles with trust. This audio tape includes personal stories such as a mothers’ uncertain trust in her adolescent son, a wife’s concerns of the trustworthiness of her husband, the effects of attempted sexual abuse on a young woman’s trust, and the impact of terrorism on trust. The book is truly contemporary because it deals with matters that are encountered every day. The book is timeless, though, because issues regarding trust will continue for many generations to come.