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Trust vs. Mistrust — What's the Difference?

Edited by Tayyaba Rehman — By Fiza Rafique — Updated on October 12, 2023
Trust is the belief in the reliability of someone or something; Mistrust is the lack of such belief or suspicion toward reliability.
Trust vs. Mistrust — What's the Difference?

Difference Between Trust and Mistrust

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Key Differences

Trust and Mistrust represent opposite ends of the belief spectrum. Trust is a positive emotion, one that involves believing in the integrity, strength, or ability of another person or entity. It's built over time and is often the foundation of many relationships, both personal and professional. Mistrust, conversely, is a feeling of doubt about someone's honesty or reliability. It signifies a lack of confidence in someone or something and can stem from past experiences or perceived intentions.
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Trust is something that's earned, nurtured, and valued in relationships. It's seen as a cornerstone of a healthy relationship. Without trust, bonds can become fragile, and interactions can be tinged with doubt. Mistrust, meanwhile, introduces skepticism and caution into a relationship, making interactions guarded and often tense.
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When you trust someone, you believe in their words and actions, expecting them to act in your best interest or fulfill promises. This belief is founded on experiences, mutual respect, and understanding. Mistrust is the absence or erosion of this belief. It’s a protective stance, taken when there are fears of deceit or harm.
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It’s also worth noting that while trust can be broken, it can also be rebuilt over time with effort, understanding, and transparency. Mistrust can be a temporary state, changing with time and experiences, or it can become a longstanding feeling, deeply affecting interactions and perceptions.
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In various societal and individual contexts, the balance between Trust and Mistrust determines the fluidity of interactions. High levels of trust often lead to cooperative and progressive environments, while pervasive mistrust can hamper growth and collaboration.
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Comparison Chart

Definition

Belief in reliability.
Doubt or suspicion of reliability.
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Nature

Positive emotion.
Negative emotion.
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Effect on Relationships

Strengthens bonds.
Weakens or strains bonds.
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Origin

Built over time, positive experiences.
Stemming from doubt, past betrayals.
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Changeability

Can be rebuilt.
Can transition to trust with positive experiences.
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Compare with Definitions

Trust

Dependence on something's reliability.
People have trust in the banking system.
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Mistrust

Doubt about someone's honesty.
Mistrust grew as he continued to avoid the truth.
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Trust

A legal entity for holding assets.
He set up a trust for his children.
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Mistrust

Lack of confidence in someone.
His actions caused her to feel mistrust.
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Trust

Hope or expectation.
They put their trust in a better future.
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Mistrust

Reluctance to believe.
The community's mistrust of outsiders was evident.
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Trust

Firm belief in the integrity, ability, or character of a person or thing; confidence or reliance
Trying to gain our clients' trust.
Taking it on trust that our friend is telling the truth.
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Mistrust

Be suspicious of; have no confidence in
She had no cause to mistrust him
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Trust

The condition and resulting obligation of having confidence placed in one
Violated a public trust.
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Mistrust

Lack of trust; suspicion
The public mistrust of government
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Trust

One in which confidence is placed.
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Mistrust

Lack of trust or confidence
I viewed the stranger's advice with mistrust.
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Trust

Custody; care
Left her papers in my trust during her illness.
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Mistrust

To regard without trust or confidence
He mistrusted his lieutenant.
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Trust

Something committed into the care of another; a charge
Violated a public trust.
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Mistrust

To doubt the truth or sincerity of
I mistrust everything he says.
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Trust

Reliance on something in the future; hope
We have trust that the future will be better.
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Mistrust

Lack of trust or confidence; distrust, untrust.
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Trust

Reliance on the intention and ability of a purchaser to pay in the future; credit
Bought the supplies on trust from a local dealer.
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Mistrust

(transitive) To have no confidence in (something or someone).
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Trust

A legal relationship in which one party holds a title to property while another party has the entitlement to the beneficial use of that property.
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Mistrust

(transitive) To be wary, suspicious or doubtful of (something or someone).
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Trust

The confidence reposed in a trustee when giving the trustee legal title to property to administer for another, together with the trustee's obligation regarding that property and the beneficiary.
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Mistrust

(transitive) To suspect, to imagine or suppose (something) to be the case.
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Trust

The property so held.
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Mistrust

(intransitive) To be suspicious.
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Trust

An institution or organization directed by trustees
A charitable trust.
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Mistrust

Want of confidence or trust; suspicion; distrust.
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Trust

A combination of firms or corporations for the purpose of reducing competition and controlling prices throughout a business or industry.
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Mistrust

To regard with jealousy or suspicion; to suspect; to doubt the integrity of; to distrust.
I will never mistrust my wife again.
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Trust

To have or place confidence in; depend on
Only trusted his friends.
Did not trust the strength of the thin rope.
Could not be trusted to oversee so much money.
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Mistrust

To forebode as near, or likely to occur; to surmise.
By a divine instinct, men's minds mistrustEnsuing dangers.
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Trust

To have confidence in allowing (someone) to use, know, or look after something
Can I trust you with a secret?.
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Mistrust

Doubt about someone's honesty
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Trust

To expect with assurance; assume
I trust that you will be on time.
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Mistrust

The trait of not trusting others
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Trust

To give credence to; believe
I trust what you say.
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Mistrust

Regard as untrustworthy; regard with suspicion; have no faith or confidence in
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Trust

To place in the care of another person or in a situation deemed safe; entrust
"the unfortunate souls who trusted their retirement savings to the stock" (Bill Barnhart).
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Mistrust

The absence of trust.
The betrayal sowed seeds of mistrust.
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Trust

To extend credit to.
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Mistrust

Suspicion or caution.
She viewed his motives with mistrust.
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Trust

To have or place reliance; depend
We can only trust in our guide's knowledge of the terrain.
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Trust

To be confident; hope.
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Trust

Confidence in or reliance on some person or quality.
He needs to regain her trust if he is ever going to win her back.
To lose trust in someone
Build up trust
A relationship built on mutual trust
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Trust

Dependence upon something in the future; hope.
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Trust

Confidence in the future payment for goods or services supplied; credit.
I was out of cash, but the landlady let me have it on trust.
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Trust

That which is committed or entrusted; something received in confidence; a charge.
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Trust

That upon which confidence is reposed; ground of reliance; hope.
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Trust

(rare) Trustworthiness, reliability.
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Trust

The condition or obligation of one to whom anything is confided; responsible charge or office.
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Trust

(legal) The confidence vested in a person who has legal ownership of a property to manage for the benefit of another.
I put the house into my sister's trust.
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Trust

(legal) An arrangement whereby property or money is given to be held by a third party (a trustee), on the basis that it will be managed for the benefit of, or eventually transferred to, a stated beneficiary; for example, money to be given to a child when he or she reaches adulthood.
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Trust

A group of businessmen or traders organised for mutual benefit to produce and distribute specific commodities or services, and managed by a central body of trustees.
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Trust

(computing) Affirmation of the access rights of a user of a computer system.
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Trust

(transitive) To place confidence in, to rely on, to confide in.
We cannot trust anyone who deceives us.
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Trust

To have faith in; to rely on for continuing support or aid.
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Trust

(transitive) To give credence to; to believe; to credit.
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Trust

(transitive) To hope confidently; to believe (usually with a phrase or infinitive clause as the object)
I trust you have cleaned your room?
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Trust

(transitive) to show confidence in a person by entrusting them with something.
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Trust

(transitive) To commit, as to one's care; to entrust.
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Trust

(transitive) To give credit to; to sell to upon credit, or in confidence of future payment.
Merchants and manufacturers trust their customers annually with goods.
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Trust

To rely on (something), as though having trust (on it).
To trust to luck
Having lost the book, he had to trust to his memory for further details.
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Trust

To risk; to venture confidently.
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Trust

(intransitive) To have trust; to be credulous; to be won to confidence; to confide.
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Trust

To sell or deliver anything in reliance upon a promise of payment; to give credit.
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Trust

(obsolete) Secure, safe.
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Trust

(obsolete) Faithful, dependable.
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Trust

(legal) of or relating to a trust.
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Trust

Assured resting of the mind on the integrity, veracity, justice, friendship, or other sound principle, of another person; confidence; reliance; reliance.
Most take things upon trust.
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Trust

Credit given; especially, delivery of property or merchandise in reliance upon future payment; exchange without immediate receipt of an equivalent; as, to sell or buy goods on trust.
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Trust

Assured anticipation; dependence upon something future or contingent, as if present or actual; hope; belief.
His trust was with the Eternal to be deemedEqual in strength.
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Trust

That which is committed or intrusted to one; something received in confidence; charge; deposit.
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Trust

The condition or obligation of one to whom anything is confided; responsible charge or office.
[I] serve him truly that will put me in trust.
Reward them well, if they observe their trust.
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Trust

That upon which confidence is reposed; ground of reliance; hope.
O Lord God, thou art my trust from my youth.
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Trust

An estate devised or granted in confidence that the devisee or grantee shall convey it, or dispose of the profits, at the will, or for the benefit, of another; an estate held for the use of another; a confidence respecting property reposed in one person, who is termed the trustee, for the benefit of another, who is called the cestui que trust.
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Trust

An equitable right or interest in property distinct from the legal ownership thereof; a use (as it existed before the Statute of Uses); also, a property interest held by one person for the benefit of another. Trusts are active, or special, express, implied, constructive, etc. In a passive trust the trustee simply has title to the trust property, while its control and management are in the beneficiary.
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Trust

A business organization or combination consisting of a number of firms or corporations operating, and often united, under an agreement creating a trust (in sense 1), esp. one formed mainly for the purpose of regulating the supply and price of commodities, etc.; often, opprobriously, a combination formed for the purpose of controlling or monopolizing a trade, industry, or business, by doing acts in restraint or trade; as, a sugar trust. A trust may take the form of a corporation or of a body of persons or corporations acting together by mutual arrangement, as under a contract or a so-called gentlemen's agreement. When it consists of corporations it may be effected by putting a majority of their stock either in the hands of a board of trustees (whence the name trust for the combination) or by transferring a majority to a holding company. The advantages of a trust are partly due to the economies made possible in carrying on a large business, as well as the doing away with competition. In the United States severe statutes against trusts have been passed by the Federal government and in many States, with elaborate statutory definitions.
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Trust

Held in trust; as, trust property; trustmoney.
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Trust

To place confidence in; to rely on, to confide, or repose faith, in; as, we can not trust those who have deceived us.
I will never trust his word after.
He that trusts every one without reserve will at last be deceived.
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Trust

To give credence to; to believe; to credit.
Trust me, you look well.
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Trust

To hope confidently; to believe; - usually with a phrase or infinitive clause as the object.
I trust to come unto you, and speak face to face.
We trustwe have a good conscience.
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Trust

To show confidence in a person by intrusting (him) with something.
Whom, with your power and fortune, sir, you trust,Now to suspect is vain.
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Trust

To commit, as to one's care; to intrust.
Merchants were not willing to trust precious cargoes to any custody but that of a man-of-war.
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Trust

To give credit to; to sell to upon credit, or in confidence of future payment; as, merchants and manufacturers trust their customers annually with goods.
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Trust

To risk; to venture confidently.
[Beguiled] by theeto trust thee from my side.
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Trust

To have trust; to be credulous; to be won to confidence; to confide.
More to know could not be more to trust.
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Trust

To be confident, as of something future; to hope.
I will trust and not be afraid.
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Trust

To sell or deliver anything in reliance upon a promise of payment; to give credit.
It is happier sometimes to be cheated than not to trust.
Her widening streets on new foundations trust.
They trusted unto the liers in wait.
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Trust

Something (as property) held by one party (the trustee) for the benefit of another (the beneficiary);
He is the beneficiary of a generous trust set up by his father
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Trust

Certainty based on past experience;
He wrote the paper with considerable reliance on the work of other scientists
He put more trust in his own two legs than in the gun
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Trust

The trait of trusting; of believing in the honesty and reliability of others;
The experience destroyed his trust and personal dignity
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Trust

A consortium of independent organizations formed to limit competition by controlling the production and distribution of a product or service;
They set up the trust in the hope of gaining a monopoly
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Trust

Complete confidence in a person or plan etc;
He cherished the faith of a good woman
The doctor-patient relationship is based on trust
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Trust

A trustful relationship;
He took me into his confidence
He betrayed their trust
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Trust

Have confidence or faith in;
We can trust in God
Rely on your friends
Bank on your good education
I swear by my grandmother's recipes
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Trust

Allow without fear
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Trust

Be confident about something;
I believe that he will come back from the war
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Trust

Expect and wish;
I trust you will behave better from now on
I hope she understands that she cannot expect a raise
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Trust

Confer a trust upon;
The messenger was entrusted with the general's secret
I commit my soul to God
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Trust

Extend credit to
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Trust

Confidence in someone's honesty.
She placed her trust in him.
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Trust

The responsibility of taking care of something.
The property is held in trust for her daughter.
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Common Curiosities

Is Trust always beneficial?

Mostly, but blind trust without discernment can be detrimental.
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Are Trust and Mistrust opposites?

Yes, Trust is belief in reliability, while Mistrust is suspicion or doubt of that reliability.
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Can Mistrust be overcome?

Yes, with open communication, understanding, and consistent trustworthy actions.
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Can Mistrust be protective?

Yes, it can prevent one from being misled or hurt in uncertain situations.
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How can I rebuild broken Trust?

Apologize sincerely, understand the reasons, act consistently, and give it time.
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How is Trust built?

Trust is built over time through positive experiences, transparency, and consistency.
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Is it harder to earn Trust or overcome Mistrust?

Often, it's harder to overcome Mistrust as it stems from broken trust or negative experiences.
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Are Trust and faith the same?

They're similar, but trust is often based on evidence and experience, while faith might not require empirical evidence.
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What's the relationship between Trust and vulnerability?

Trusting someone often involves making oneself vulnerable, hoping they won't take advantage.
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Can Trust and Mistrust coexist?

It's possible to trust certain aspects of a person or thing and mistrust others.
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Why is Mistrust considered negative?

It introduces doubt and skepticism, which can strain relationships.
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Can Trust be given immediately?

It varies by individual; some give trust easily, while others require time and proof.
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