Why Should I Trust Thee? Let Me Count the Reasons
If trust is based on our willingness to put ourselves in a vulnerable position in situations in which we have limited control and in which the hazards of a broken trust will be greater than the potential gains, then how do we determine whom we should trust? Our decision to trust or mistrust is both a rational decision and an emotional reaction. As researchers Gary Fine and Lori Holyfield explain, “...one not only thinks trust, but feels trust.”
Substantial research suggests that our tendency to trust or mistrust another person is rooted in our personality (our general tendency to trust or mistrust others) and our assessment of the trustworthiness of the other person.