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The Psychology of Trust

1st Edition

By Ken J. Rotenberg


114 pages

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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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About the Author


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.

About the Series

The Psychology of Everything

People are fascinated by psychology, and what makes humans tick. Why do we think and behave the way we do? We’ve all met armchair psychologists claiming to have the answers, and people that ask if psychologists can tell what they’re thinking. The Psychology of Everything is a series of books which debunk the popular myths and pseudo-science surrounding some of life’s biggest questions.

The series explores the hidden psychological factors that drive us, from our subconscious desires and aversions, to our natural social instincts. Absorbing, informative, and always intriguing, each book is written by an expert in the field, examining how research-based knowledge compares with popular wisdom, and showing how psychology can truly enrich our understanding of modern life.

Applying a psychological lens to an array of topics and contemporary concerns - from sex, to fashion, to conspiracy theories - The Psychology of Everything will make you look at everything in a new way.

Learn more…

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSYCHOLOGY / Applied Psychology
PSYCHOLOGY / Interpersonal Relations
PSYCHOLOGY / Industrial & Organizational Psychology
PSYCHOLOGY / Social Psychology