How can I let go of my trust issues with my father?

My rule of thumb: “Forgiveness is a gift. Trust is earned.”

Let go of the anger and realize you still probably cannot trust things he says. Those are two separate issues which people routinely mix up and think are the same thing. Abusive people actively encourage that confusion. They want you to “forgive and forget” — basically saying that in order to forgive, you have to trust them blindly and let them do the same damn thing to you again, like a sucker. No, you don’t.


12 Clues a Relationship with a Parent Is Toxic | Psychology Today

Toxic relationships include relationships with toxic parents. Typically, they do not treat their children with respect as individuals. They won’t compromise, take responsibility for their behavior, or apologize. Often these parents have a mental disorder or a serious addiction. We all live with the consequences of poor parenting. However, if our childhood was traumatic, we carry wounds from abusive or dysfunctional parenting. When they haven’t healed, toxic parents can re-injure us in ways that make growth and recovery difficult. When we grow up with dysfunctional parenting, we may not recognize it as such. It feels familiar and normal. We may be in denial and not realize that we’ve been abused emotionally, particularly if our material needs were met.


The Psychology of Trust Issues and Ways to Overcome Them


Trust can take years to develop, but it can be destroyed in an instant. People who have issues with trust have often had significant negative experiences in the past with individuals or organizations they initially deemed trustworthy. For example, studies show that children of divorced parents and those from abusive households are more likely to have intimacy, commitment, and trust issues in future relationships.

While trust issues sometimes develop from negative interactions experienced during early childhood, social rejection during adolescence or traumatic experiences during adulthood can also lead to trust issues for an individual. Betrayal in the form of infidelity in romantic relationships can cause trust issues throughout a person’s life. Significant loss of financial resources or perceived injustice at the hands of authority figures can even cause strong feelings of mistrust toward institutions rather than people. The fragile state of the nation’s economy, for example, has resulted in many people losing trust in the banking system and government organizations.


5 Ways to Decide Who You Can Trust | Psychology Today

In a more recent study, published in the Journal of Neuroscience in August, 2014, researchers from Dartmouth and New York University showed that our brains take just three hundredths of a second, much less time than an eyeblink, to decide trustworthiness. In fact, our judgments about trustworthiness are so rapid that we are able to make them even before we know who the person is! The researchers showed people photos of both real faces and computer-generated faces deliberately designed to look either trustworthy or untrustworthy. Results showed that we judge people with high eyebrows and prominent cheekbones as trustworthy, while we distrust people with furrowed brows and sunken cheeks. There is no evidence that these characteristics actually make people more or less trustworthy in real life!


The Private Lie Detector Test

How many Parental Alienators would be prepared to take the test?

When there is an underlying element related to a specific event which may have happened, the test can identify the truth of the matter. Suspicion erodes trust and the test will either reinstate confidence or confirm a partner’s worst fears. Either way, both partners are able to move forward with their lives when they are in full possession of the facts. Our specialist polygraph examiners frequently deliver the infidelity lie detector test service to private clients all over the UK. Consistently the truth is established and our clients are able to make informed decisions based on the verified report they receive after the test. More often than not the report helps repair relationships rather than destroy them.


Behaviors to Watch Out for When Adults are with Children

Relationships with children

  • Turns to a child for emotional or physical comfort by sharing personal or private information or activities, normally shared with adults?
  • Has secret interactions with teens or children (e.g. games, sharing drugs, alcohol, or sexual material) or spends excessive time to emailing, text messaging or calling children or youth
  • Insists on or manages to spend uninterrupted time alone with a child?
  • Seems “too good to be true, i.e. frequently baby sits different children for free; takes children on special outings alone; buys children gifts or gives them money for no apparent reason?
  • Allows children or teens to consistently get away with inappropriate behaviors?
Drug Abuse

Monster grandfather, 71, who plied his grandchildren with drugs and alcohol

A grandfather has been sentenced to 32 years in prison for sexually abusing five of his own grandchildren.

The 71-year-old man from Sussex Inlet, on the New South Wales south coast, plied his grandchildren with drugs and alcohol and used them to make child pornography.

The man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, did not make eye contact with his victims as the sentence was handed down, but held up his middle finger before being led from the courtroom at Penrith Courthouse.


An estranged relationship | The Psychologist

At the core of the apparent division between the two worlds lie professional identity struggles. IAPT now arguably extends beyond a service model. It represents a paradigm of what psychological distress is and how it needs to be treated, which is not always compatible with core values inherited in psychologists’ collective professional identity. Indeed, values such as critical thinking, innovation, integration, and idiosyncratically-driven approaches often do not fit comfortably in the realm of protocol-based diagnosis-specific CBT and fast-paced target-driven clinical delivery.


Happy? Content? Safe? Peace? Forgiving? Compassionate?

On this day of your life
Linda, I believe God wants you to know …
… that life has nothing to do with what you are doing,

and everything to do with what you are being.

Be careful not to get caught in the “doingness” of your

life. That is not what you are here for. You are a sacred
soul, and you came here to the earth to Be something.
And not just one thing, but many things.
The wonderful thing is, you get to choose what that is.
And you get to do that right now. Always Right Now.

So what do you choose to Be right now? Happy?

Content? Safe? Peace? Forgiving? Compassionate?
Love? Go ahead, choose. As many as you wish!


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Dealing with toxic/dysfunctional grandparents