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1st Edition

The Psychology of Trust

ISBN 9781138678491
Published April 23, 2018 by Routledge
122 Pages

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Book Description

What makes us trust people? How is trust developed and maintained? Is Western society facing a crisis of trust?

The Psychology of Trust addresses trust issues that are directly relevant to peoples’ experiences in their daily lives. It identifies the factors that cause people to trust, and the consequences of trust for real world issues in health, politics, terrorism, the workplace, and religious faith. It also explores the impact of a lack of trust, and what causes distrust of individuals, groups and organisations.

In a world where trust impacts our daily lives, The Psychology of Trust shows the role trust plays in our relationships, and provides practical guidance regarding our own trust in others.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


1. Understanding Trust: A Crisis or Everything?

2. Lying and Trust: Sex, Lies and Videotape

3. Trust is a Delicate Balance

4. Developing Trust: Parents Can Get It Right!

5. Trust in Romantic Relationships: How Many Shades is Your Romantic Trust?

6. Trust and Health: The Road to Wellness?

7. Trust and the Police: Do You Trust the Police?

8. Trust in the Work Place: The Unseen and Seen Facets of Trust

9. Trust and Politics: The Emperor’s Not Very New Clothes

10. Intergroup Trust and Terrorism: The Twin Towers and Beyond

11. Trust and Religious Faith: Do We Trust God?

12: Building Trust


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Professor Ken J. Rotenberg is Professor of Psychology at the University of Keele, UK. He has been an active researcher for over 40 years in the field of Psychology including the sub-disciplines of social psychology, clinical psychology, educational psychology, and developmental psychology. Many of his over 100 publications have addressed trust regarding children, adolescents, policing, physical health and mental health.