Interpersonal trust can be understood as “a risky choice of making oneself dependent on the actions of another in a situation of uncertainty, based upon some expectation of whether the other will act in a benevolent fashion despite an opportunity to betray” (Thielmann and Hilbig 2015, p. 251).
Whether among romantic partners, friends, colleagues, or even strangers, trust plays a pivotal role for all kinds of social interactions and interpersonal relationships. For example, imagine confiding a personal secret to a friend, handing over your keys to your neighbor for the time you are on holidays, or asking a stranger in the train to keep an eye on your luggage while you visit the restrooms: All these instances are basically a matter of trust. In other words, in all these situations, there is uncertainty about how the trusted party will behave and, in consequence, a riskof experiencing some disutility due to being...
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