Trust is one of the most essential ingredients in a relationship and is the confluence of belief in integrity and assurance of the other person’s sincerity towards the relationship. The victim in the strained relationship is bound to be wary of probable repetitions and failings by the other person.
This skepticism on the part of the victim is bound to cause mixed emotions such as chagrin, annoyance or anxiety in all future transactions between the two and may even cloud the judgment of the victim. The key to resolving the strain is first to identify the underlying problems and slowly working towards solving them.
By continued dialogues and demonstration of fidelity it is possible to gain the trust bit by bit over a period of time. Trust is also fragile like a glass vessel and once shattered due to cheating, infidelity or other unexpected twists in behavior by the partner by the partner, trust is difficult to be reinstated.
The person who has suffered deception and unfaithfulness may undergo tremendous mental agony and even total breakdown. This may lead to suspicions towards the systems in general and the foundations of belief may also be shaken and cynicism specifically towards all future interactions with the other person.
Often this mental state can lead to distrust of the cheating spouse and affect own judgment of right and wrong. In turn this state of mind could trigger other follies and could make the situation further difficult. The victim of a failed affaire may due to the prevailing skepticism and mistrust may be vulnerable to further mistakes such as:
Try to go through with the marriage mechanically and indulge in mutual accusations leading to further polarization in the relation driving a serious wedge between them obviating the possibility of any resolution.
Some may even try to get legal separation which does not address the underlying root causes and carry this burden to other future relationships.
After collapse of an affair, trust needs to be regained with proof thereof and that too in a phased manner. Consequent to the trauma of betrayal the person may lose sense of judgment, beliefs may be shattered and may even reflect in lack of courtesy towards the other person.
It is imperative to demonstrate by future actions that he /she deserves trust and the relationship may creep back to normal over some period. This requires perseverance on the part of both affected people. Reinstating trust after an affair is not impossible, but certainly difficult and takes time to heal.
There are several couples who have survived the fiasco of an affair and have regained mutual trust. Such cases are consequent to attempts to identify the fault lines and deep-seated problems and finding solutions to them with collective effort. Unless the divergent factors and repelling influences in the couple is identified, they cannot be effectively redressed.
With all these it takes a while before trust can be fully reinstated and the couples need to give it time it takes. The deductions from the foregoing are; trust can be regained after an affair once the couple deliberately tries to resolve the existing problems.
Self-analysis by both and communication will point out the chinks that existed and the causes that forced the drifting apart. Once sincere efforts by the couple is made are bound not only in revealing the problems, their solutions and also safeguard them against repetition of the same in future.
Thus once the trust is fully regained the couple will have a well-fortified and stronger relationship in future.