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David Richo

Opening Ourselves to Real Love and Intimacy

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Daring to Trust by David Richo invites readers to explore the concept of trust in its many forms and offers practical tools for building trust in ourselves, others, and the universe.

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    Early childhood relationships shape your ability to trust yourself and others.

    How difficult is it for you to speak about your feelings with a stranger? Do you feel the world is generally a safe place? Your answers will depend mostly on your childhood experiences.

    Children who develop strong bonds with parents end up feeling safer in the world and learn to trust people more easily. When a mother comforts a frightened child, the child learns to trust the mother, grows more attached to her and feels more comfortable in the environment at large.

    Children who never experience this sort of familial bond typically grow up struggling with adult relationships. They have a hard time opening up to others, and fear they’ll be emotionally hurt if they try.

    Our bodies remember the peaceful, safe moments we spend in a parent’s arms all our lives. These memories comfort us during difficult times, and remind us that the world is a safe place.

    When the author was young, his mother, grandmother and great-aunt gave him a bath every Saturday night. Such warm memories still help him cope with difficult situations, even today.

    Children need to be cared for, but sometimes too much care can also cause problems. If a parent is over-possessive, a child can’t develop needed independence.

    That’s why it’s important that parents gradually relinquish control as children grow older. Young people need space to explore the world, testing boundaries, while parents are still around to offer support if things go wrong.

    Such freedom also allows children to develop trust in themselves – a key part of forming and maintaining healthy relationships as adults.

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    What is Daring to Trust about?

    Daring to Trust (2010) offers a clear path to finding the confidence to trust yourself and the world around you. You’ll learn to overcome past trauma and accept life for what it has to offer, discovering how to live in the moment and work toward a better future.

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    Daring to Trust (2010) by David Richo explores the transformative power of trust in our lives and relationships, offering practical steps to cultivate trust within ourselves and with others. Here's why this book is worth reading:

    • With its clear and insightful analysis of trust issues, the book helps readers understand the importance of trust and empowers them to overcome their fears.
    • Richo's rich blend of psychological wisdom, spiritual insights, and personal anecdotes makes the book engaging, relatable, and thought-provoking.
    • By offering practical exercises and strategies to develop trust, the book helps readers navigate through vulnerabilities, enhance connections, and lead more fulfilling lives.

    Best quote from Daring to Trust

    We move from trusting in the trustworthiness of someone to trusting ourselves, and then to trusting others.

    —David Richo
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    Who should read Daring to Trust?

    • People who struggle with maintaining their self-control
    • Anyone looking to boost their self-confidence
    • People curious about human behavior and motivation

    About the Author

    David Richo is a psychotherapist who combines Jungian and Buddhist perspectives in his work. He’s written over 15 books on psychology and spiritual growth.

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    What is the main message of Daring to Trust?

    Daring to Trust teaches us how to build trust in our relationships and find peace within ourselves.

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    Daring to Trust is worth reading for its insights on trust and emotional healing. It offers valuable guidance for personal growth.

    Who is the author of Daring to Trust?

    The author of Daring to Trust is David Richo.

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