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Katherine Hawley Ph.D.
We are often faced with tricky decisions about which choices are just too risky. Trustworthy friends help us make decisions which match our values.
When self-doubt is classified as "impostor syndrome," this can trigger feelings of shame or guilt.
Sometimes we can forgive other people for their distrust, but when distrust flows from prejudice, it can be especially painful.
If life seems tough in your forties, it's worth taking time to reflect.
Why is it so difficult for some people to accept praise for their achievements?
Why do we return to our failed resolutions year after year? Self-trust can help.
When we feel like the token minority, it's not surprising that we fear being uncovered as a 'fraud.'
Trying to argue with conspiracy theorists can be distressing. Instead, philosophers suggest we should talk about intellectual character, virtue, and vice.
Why is it sometimes hard to accept what disabled people tell us about their lives, their values, and their experiences?
When trauma undermines trust, it's hard to see a brighter future.
How can we commit whole-heartedly, when we know divorce is so common?
If you're struggling to achieve your goals, try recruiting a little help from your friends.
How to help kids tackle tricky situations.
Is it better to battle temptation, or to never be tempted at all?
Planning for spontaneity seems doomed to fail, but self-trust can help you have more fun.
At work and at home, 'yes' can get us into trouble.
Why do we try to avoid lying, when we so often deceive by other means?
Why is it so difficult to get it right?
Sometimes we prefer not to know about the problems faced by other people.
When we are over-committed, at work or at home, we can become untrustworthy despite our best intentions.
The best listeners recognize they don't already know it all.
When you know you've hurt others' feelings, their anger can be easier to handle than their disappointment.
What if a toxic workplace environment is making you feel like an imposter?
Should we trust experts when we are deciding how to vote?
Hope can be a first step back to trust.
Think of the people you trust. Think of the people you count as true friends. Are these the same people? Can there be friendship without trust?
Nobody wants to be distrusted. But other people’s trustful expectations can give us sleepless nights. Why do we feel this way, and how can we learn to relish being trusted?
Katherine Hawley, Ph.D., is a professor of philosophy at the University of St Andrews, in beautiful Fife, Scotland. Her latest book is Trust: A Very Short Introduction, published by Oxford University Press in 2012.