What causes an innocent and trusting personality?

What causes an innocent and trusting personality?

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This is a discussion on What causes an innocent and trusting personality? within the General Psychology forums, part of the Topics of Interest category; I don't understand. I didn't have a supportive home life, and I remember constant fighting between all members of my ...

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    What causes an innocent and trusting personality?

    I don't understand. I didn't have a supportive home life, and I remember constant fighting between all members of my family. All of my teachers told me they liked me to my face and told my parents I was trouble behind my back, which I was then punished for. All of my peers disliked me and I was a loner.

    I'm also an ENTP. Aren't I supposed to be immoral? Why do I always believe others are telling the truth?



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    Naivete to the world causes innocence, or at least repression of the truth of reality. I'd say when someone is too trusting it stems from the naivete. They do not even consider the possibility that this person may lead them astray or take advantage of them. It could also be a sense of hope or idealism. They know that this person might be that way, but they don't want to think so. They want this person to be different.
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    honestly, I would say it's because you are weak, but that doesn't have to be a bad thing. You could be the other extreme and never trust anyone and end up alone and miserable. So I guess it depends on what you view as worse.

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    Honestly, I think its a good thing. If you can come out of that situation with a trusting outlook on life, you are NOT naive, in fact I would think you are more mature than so many people I know.

    The situations and circumstances in your life MAKE you as a person, and you can either choose to be bitter because of them, or learn, move forward, and treat every experience as its OWN situation. Too many people end up not taking chances or following dreams, or jumping on opportunities because they associate everything together which allows fear into your decision making process. That fear hinders people from personal growth.
    So Kudos to you. As long as you can make an educated decision, and still trust individuals until they prove to be unworthy, then you will go very far in life, and be ultimately happy in my opinion.

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    My initial answer would be general lack of experience from the school of hard knocks.

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    Trusting vs. distrusting personalities are developed, almost entirely through experiences in childhood:

    - family life
    - relationships
    - your peers
    - your ability to cope and handle stress
    - did you need constant praise and approval?

    Obviously there are other factors, but I totally believe that the formative years determine how we trust as a whole in adult life.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RighteousRob View Post
    honestly, I would say it's because you are weak, but that doesn't have to be a bad thing. You could be the other extreme and never trust anyone and end up alone and miserable. So I guess it depends on what you view as worse.
    How am I weak? I'm not sensitive, I just assume that when someone tells me something they are telling me the truth. I suppose that that could be perceived as gullible, but it can be an excellent coping mechanism. For instance, let's say someone tries to cheat you and you are onto them. If you accuse them of cheating you for X,Y, and Z reasons, they will often lie and deny. However, if you look at them innocently and ask, "Why did you do that?" it often provokes a feeling of guilt, which is very evident.


    I find it odd that others have called me naive or innocent while I certainly don't see myself as such. I don't know why they believe I have never suffered in life, when I'm pretty sure I have.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shanty View Post
    Trusting vs. distrusting personalities are developed, almost entirely through experiences in childhood:

    - family life
    - relationships
    - your peers
    - your ability to cope and handle stress
    - did you need constant praise and approval?

    Obviously there are other factors, but I totally believe that the formative years determine how we trust as a whole in adult life.
    This is where I'm stumped. According to these factors, I should be very distrusting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 3teal2penguin6 View Post
    This is where I'm stumped. According to these factors, I should be very distrusting.
    How if you're placed in the 'decision maker' position? Would it be different if you're about to make decisions those will significantly affect yourself and others?


 

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