What is positive trust? Trust is not easily defined despite the extensive amount of research it has. This is because no two researchers examine the concept of trust in the same way: to one, trust may be researched as a strategy that happens between two people, to another, trust may be a form of reasoning that can decide whether someone can be trusted or not. Classic Jewish work Duties of the Heart has an entire chapter dedicated to what is defined as true trust: trust in G-d. Despite the differing opinions on what trust actually is, research has found perceived trust increases well-being in communities. Trust is significant to the development of positive relationships.
“What is trust? It is the tranquility of the soul of the one who trusts; his heart’s reliance on the one in whom he trusts to do what is good and right for his, according to his ability and knowledge of what is for his good. But what lies at the root of his trust and gives rise to it, without which there can be no trust, is his sure confidence, that the one he trusts will keep his word and that he has in mind to benefit him out of pure grace and kindness.” (Duties of the Heart, Trust in G-d: Chapter 1)
How can we learn to stop doubting ourselves and put forth our strengths for the greater good? First, we start with self-acceptance. Carl Jung taught the concept of unconditional positive regard. When we completely accept ourselves without any judgement or conditions, we learn to start trusting ourselves.
Carl Jung famously stated, “Who looks outside, dreams. Who looks inside, awakens.” When we learn to introspect, we can access a rich inner world we may have not had access to because we were so distracted by our surroundings. One way we make decisions based on trust, says Positive Psychology author Lisa Jones, is to stop every now and then throughout the day and tune into what we are feeling. When we introspect, we put forth energy into our own growth and development, and this can awaken our potential. We should also recognize our unique, G-d given talents and strengths and harness them for the greater good.
When we learn to trust, we increase our self-confidence, which allows us to experience greater overall health, better relationships, and improved overall performance. We maintain a positive attitude throughout life no matter what we experience. Learning to trust ourselves, others, and more importantly, G-d, will transform us into more tranquil people, who relinquish the need to control and learn to trust the process of life.Positive Trust to Jewish Positive Psychology