This assessment is designed to help you measure risk (vulnerability), experience, and knowledge in relation to how safe it is to trust someone in a specific situation. Different variables will create different outcomes between HEALTHY and UNHEALTHY.
Please keep two things in mind as you use this tool: 1) Results of this test are not a static answer and 2) the answers will only be as good as the question you ask.
Regarding the results not being static; you can address different variables to change the outcome. If the cost of a negative experience is too high, think about what you could do to offset the impact or decrease the probability of a negative event occurring. If your negative experiences with someone seems overwhelming, can you create opportunities to increase positive experiences? The answer of this test is not designed to be diagnostic. Rather, it’s to help highlight where you have power to make healthy changes, establish better boundaries, begin to forgive, or create additional space.
Secondly, this will only be as good as the question you ask. If you ask a question with an impossibly high standard (“Will my child ever talk back to me in a disrespectful way?”), the result will tell you not to trust your child to never be disrespectful. When you think about it, that makes sense! But, if you ask a different question (“Should I trust my child to be able to test parenting boundaries as they grow?”), the result will tell you that you can trust your child.
If you don’t know what to do with the results you receive, or you are unsure what type of question to ask, there is a contact form at the bottom of the page. Let us know you have questions and one of the therapists from ExFT will be in touch!
Trust Isn’t a Simple Thing.
No one gets everything right all the time. A lifetime of trust can be shattered in just a few moments. While the pain and sorrow this creates may feel overwhelming, it is possible to redeem our mistakes, repair our missteps, and renew our meaning.
If you want learn how to increase trust in yourself, learn when to trust others, and how to begin extending new trust in safe ways, you can start by connecting with the therapists at Existential Family Therapy.
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The Trust Test was created by Nathan D. Croy, LCMFT. It is designed to be used with the guidance of a therapist and increase insight. Based of research from various disciplines, the equation is measures risk, certainty, and experience. If you have questions, about implementing the Trust Test in your business, relationships, or just increasing trust in yourself, please contact him for a quote.