#4: Mind Mapping Trust

I want to know how to help people to trust.

I think conversations about trust is a good way to start locally.

Sydney Taft Cole

6 Responses to “#4: Mind Mapping Trust

  • Your diagram does a good job of reinforcing something I think it can be easy to overlook: that a lot of the qualities we tend to desire–safety, love, peace, etc.–rest on a foundation of trust. We need to have faith in others in order to have a fulfilled life. Interestingly, the negative qualities in your web surround “government” and “distrust.” Unless I’m mistaken, most people seem not to trust the government very much–probably because they perceive in it many of the traits you list!

    Perhaps this is tangential, but I wonder if it’s possible for citizens to come to trust the government more, and, if so, what the benefits of improved faith in one’s government might look like. Are there states, or nations, that trust their leaders an appreciable amount more or less than others? How does Vermont measure up? Does it have anything to do with the size of the government?

    As usual, don’t feel obligated to answer these questions! Just some food for thought.

    Nice work on the web, Sydney. Keep it up!

    • Sydney Taft Cole
      5 years ago

      Thank you Bob! I think it is possible for citizens to trust the government more, and I don’t know how many/what percent of people trust the government right now or in Vermont. If more people began to, I think they would feel freer and more open. I am not trying to say that people who don’t trust the government don’t feel free and open, maybe they do, maybe they don’t, but I think they could feel even more so if they gained faith in the government. Those are all great and thought provoking questions that I will continue to think about and research. Thank you!


  • I think your mind map did a great job of representing trust, and all of the components contributing to trust. I agree with the fact that government plays a big part in trust. Governments can make the general population be distrustful of entire groups of people through misconceptions, lies, and even poorly worded statements and hyperbole. I think that fear is also a big component to trust. Do you think that fear is a cause or effect, (or maybe both) of distrust? I was pondering about what role fear plays in trust/distrust an I thought that fear could cause trust, and distrust. If there are two groups of people that fear each other, that usually leads to distrust between the two groups. If the two groups fear a common thing/ enemy, than it might cause the two groups to trust one another. What are your thoughts on this? Keep up the great work.

  • Alex makes a great point about governments playing a big role in how people trust or distrust one another. Their messages reach and influence a large number of people. If this is something you’re interested in looking into more, I wonder if there is information about there about government messages correlating with changing attitudes toward certain groups of people.

    • Sydney Taft Cole
      5 years ago

      That’s a good point. I agree that the government does influence how people think about other people/groups of people. I think that would be an interesting topic of research to pursue. Thank you for bringing it up!

  • Thank you for your comments, Alex. I really liked your question about whether fear is a cause or effect of distrust, and your thought about if two groups feared a common thing/enemy, then that fear could create trust between the groups. I had never thought that fear could create trust before… I fully agree with you though. Thank you for bringing that up, I’ll surely be continuing to think about it!

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