Trust and Interpersonal Relationships
Kia D. Alston
September 13, 2009
Assessed Discussion Question: Trust and Interpersonal Relationships
· Conduct individual research and locate an article from the University Library on how trust affects interpersonal relationships.
· Write responses to the following questions:
o When working in teams, is trust assumed or do team members have to earn trust?
o Consider how trust is lost when working in teams and how to keep trust among team members.
• Relate findings from the article to your answer.
Working in Learning Teams is a task within itself, because of time restraints and workloads. Another major stress is the level trust between individuals within the Learning Teams. Trust, in my opinion is usually earned. However, in a learning team setting there is not much time to gain trust, unless you have worked with an individual before in another class. The basic thought is that everyone is grown and therefore has an understanding what is expected of them. An example of such expectation is paying attention to due dates and the work that is agreed to be done by them. Members of the team may lose trust in another team member by that team member not doing their part. Unfortunately, the other members of the team will have to do more work to cover for the team member that is lacking. “Luhman (1979) argues that societal functioning is not possible without some level of trust, for a complete absence of trust would imply paralysis through dread and fear, He posits that “we put our trust in the self-evident matter-of-fact ‘nature’ of the world and of human nature everyday” going on to point out that this general trust is not an intentional component of experience.” (Atkinson & Butcher, 2003)) Therefore, I believe that we...