Open access peer-reviewed Edited Volume

The Psychology of Trust

Martha Peaslee Levine

Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center

Dr. Martha Peaslee Levine is an associate professor of Pediatrics, Psychiatry, and Humanities at the Penn State College of Medicine and Interim Director of the Office of Professional Mental Health, USA.


Trust Rules or Elements Circles or Levels Cognitive vs Emotional Trust Characterization Risk Conditions of Trust Personality Types Neural Patterns Past Experience Internet Types

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Humans are social creatures. We need each other and so we have had to learn how to trust each other. What goes into developing trust? Are there certain elements that are required? Neural pathways? How do people manipulate another's trust? Are there tricks that they use? Are some individuals more at risk of having their trust betrayed? Once trust is betrayed can it be fully engaged again or is it damaged? Do animals trust similarly to humans or have aspects of trust changed as we have evolved?

This volume aims to help in understanding the psychology of trust. Trust is used to sell products and encourage investments. It can be abused and betrayed. Trust has moved from personal interactions to trusting machines and placing our trust in global concepts like the Internet. Does that affect how we view trust? Within circles of trust are there special considerations for certain relationships, such as for our leaders or mental health providers? How do we believe in unknowable concepts and find trust in Universal guidance and religion? This volume aims to provide an understanding of trust from its simple elements to its more profound effect on human society.

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Martha Peaslee Levine

Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center

Dr. Martha Peaslee Levine is a psychiatrist who specializes in treating eating disorders and works with young adults as they tackle life’s challenges. She is Medical Director of the Eating Disorders Partial Hospitalization and Intensive Outpatient Programs at Penn State Health. In addition, she is Interim Director of the Office of Professional Mental Health at Penn State College of Medicine. Dr. Levine has spoken both nationally and internationally on many issues related to eating disorders. She has lectured and led workshops on the benefit of journaling and authored a blog, Your Write to Health, on Psychology Today. Dr. Levine has published several children’s books and believes that we all need to discover beauty in the world around us and in ourselves.

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