Visual metaphors: Trust


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We show trust by shaking hands, and by looking people in the eyes. Open body language: “Trust me.” Closed: “I don’t trust you.” Blindfold exercises are popular at team-building sessions. Blind trust is dangerous, though. You could get stabbed in the back.

We don’t trust rickety things. We trust solid ones. We used to trust institutions. Now, maybe not so much. Some are more trustworthy than others. No one trusts a used-car salesman… But for some reason, we trust celebrity endorsements, suits, anything printed, charts, and precise numbers (even wrong ones).

We don’t trust poisonous things, or cats around cheeseburgers. We trust puppy-dog eyes and babies.

Contracts are usually a good idea, because you should trust but verify.

Trust is like launching yourself into the air, hoping that your partner will catch you… but you’d better have a safety net too. A good one.

Trust is like a crystal vase that’s hard to fix when it’s broken, like a bone that heals but will never be the same.

This is part of my Visual Metaphors series. Like it? Suggest other terms you’d like to see!

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  • Good day, Sacha. I really like your visual metaphor series. Why not create a visual metaphor for “empathy” :)

  • Rossanna

    Sacha, I really like to read your site, you are very inspiring and creative person and I admire your positive attitude to all things you do. Greetings from Poland :)
    Ps: Proposals to drawing: misunderstanding, positive thinking.

  • Priya.D

    Nice one…I like snake and scorpion..the way you drawn, it was good.. But Sacha, you missed one……. guess what???

  • Nicholas, Rossanna: Thank you for the suggestions and encouragement!

    Priya: I’m sure I missed many. Why don’t you draw some and start a blog? =)

  • Priya.D

    Hmmm. that was a nice stab back….I thought you have curiously asked what was it?? Ok you have admitted that you have missed some..Here it goes,”Parents” are the first trust of every individual….

    And hey I don’t have that much knowledge “as like you” to start a blog…!!!!

  • Priya: Why not give it a try? Everyone starts somewhere.

  • Priya.D

    Yes I will start soon…..

  • Archimedes Trajano

    I think the best dialog I had on trust was the one on the new battle star galactica.

    How do you know you can trust me?

    I don’t, that’s what trust is.

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