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Dr. Henry Cloud

Knowing When to Give It, When to Withhold It, How to Earn It, and How to Fix It When It Gets Broken

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Trust by Dr. Henry Cloud is a self-help book that explores how trust is critical to success in all areas of life. The author provides actionable tips for building and maintaining trust, and shares inspiring stories of those who have overcome trust issues to achieve success.

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    Trust holds life together

    Trust is the bedrock of our lives. From the moment we’re born, we’re placed in the hands of caregivers we can’t help but trust completely. As we grow, our circle of trust expands to family, friends, and communities.

    Studies show that people with higher levels of trust enjoy better physical health, greater overall happiness, and greater satisfaction with life. In business, trusted leaders are more effective and trusted brands are more successful and lucrative. Teams whose members trust each other consistently outperform their low-trust counterparts across a slew of metrics.

    Even at the level of nations, interpersonal trust contributes to economic development, through increased investment and capital flows.

    Okay, so we’ve established that trust is important on many levels. Let’s look at the five steps to building it.

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    What is Trust about?

    Trust (2023) is a sensitive and practical guide to this essential part of human relationships. It reveals the deep significance of trust as a factor in our lives and outlines the five essential elements for building and maintaining it.

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    Trust (2009) by Dr. Henry Cloud explores the importance of trust in our personal and professional lives, and why it is crucial for our overall well-being. Here's why this book is definitely worth reading:

    • It offers a practical framework for building trust in relationships, providing actionable strategies to cultivate trust and repair broken trust.
    • The book combines insightful psychological principles with real-life stories and examples, allowing readers to connect with the content on a deeper level.
    • With its thought-provoking ideas and practical exercises, Trust keeps the reader engaged, making the exploration of trust an interesting and enriching journey.

    Who should read Trust?

    • Leaders who wish to create trust within organizations
    • Those looking to establish deeper personal and familial relationships
    • People who want to rebuild trust after it has been broken

    About the Author

    Dr. Henry Cloud is a clinical psychologist and leadership consultant who has worked with countless CEOs, Fortune 500 companies, and small businesses. He’s a New York Times best-selling author of 40 books, including Boundaries and Necessary Endings. His books have sold nearly 20 million copies.

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    Trust FAQs 

    What is the main message of Trust?

    The main message of Trust is the importance of developing trust in relationships and how it can positively impact our lives.

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    Is Trust a good book? Is it worth reading?

    Trust is a valuable read for anyone interested in building stronger relationships. It offers practical insights and actionable advice that can be applied in daily life.

    Who is the author of Trust?

    The author of Trust is Dr. Henry Cloud.

    What to read after Trust?

    If you're wondering what to read next after Trust, here are some recommendations we suggest:
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