New Research Suggests Trust In Relationships Makes A Person Delusional

October 5, 2015

It has long been noted how trust is a crucial part of relationships. If you don't have it, the relationship is merely dead. With it, the fire keeps burning.

New research from Northwestern University and Redeemer University College (Ontario, Canada), suggests trusting your partner is like being in a state of delusion. It tricks the mind into forgetting the wrong in the relationship, and focuses on making things right.

During the study, people who are highly trusting tended to remember transgressions in a way that benefits the relationship, remembering partner transgressions as less severe than they originally reported them to be. People low on trust demonstrated the opposite pattern, remembering partner transgressions as being more severe than how they originally reported them to be.

“This research presents a newer, deeper understanding,” said J. Finkel, co-author of the study. “It reveals that trust yields relationship-promoting distortions of the past.”