03.28.2011 Posted In: Symposium Highlights By Jordan Magaziner
“Do you trust me?” What a question to propose to a significant other or a friend. Maybe they’ll respond with “Yes, of course,” but when it really comes down a situation that requires absolute trust, they won’t. John Gottman’s keynote speech, based on research published in his most recent book The Science of Trust, covered the scientific data behind trusting one another—something that’s vital to the success of a romantic relationship, and that impacts so much else in daily life.
Gottman explained that there are vast consequences of having low trust in one another. Today, trust in community and government is declining, and the disparity between the rich and the poor is growing wider. There are even parts of the country in which people have a higher and lower tendency to trust each other—Nevada has very low trust in one another, and Minnesota has more trust in each other. Because of the declining rates of trust, the country seems to be running away from the idea of committed marriages.