Who Do You Trust The Most? Is It Yourself?


Another blogger asked me some questions that got me thinking.  If you know anything about me that is the worst thing that could happen.  I think about something, over analyze it, decide that it relates to me somehow and then it festers.  Without an outlet to purge these lovely thoughts it makes it difficult to not let them overwhelm me.  The funny thing is the question is really not even the point of this post or directly connected to what I am writing.  Instead my mind created a windy path of thoughts that led me to this place and now it won’t leave.

It is well documented (at least by me on my blog) that I have trust and control issues.  I don’t know why but I have never had anyone that I can fully trust.  I mean 100% trust, I could tell them that I am a serial killer and I want to kill their baby and they would not bat an eye.  They would listen and provide their thoughts on the topic, not tell me what to do but just give me a different perspective so I can see it in a new light.  I also have said many times that perspective is everything.  How you see something is your reality.  So here is where I am now.

I have been thinking about all the people I trust in my life and at what levels I trust them.  What I have found is that, for me, the more the trust builds the farther I pull away from the person in which the trust is building.  The less and less I want to share with them.  I know this seems ridiculous.  Why would I share less with someone I trust versus someone I don’t trust.  It makes no sense whatsoever.  I can see that I do it though.  I can remember a time when I would tell my wife everything.  I was an open book.  As we got closer and closer I have began putting up barriers to parts of my past and parts of my desires.  Things I am not sure I want to share.  I even know I am doing it and I cannot help it.

After a lot of introspection because of the question I was asked, I think I have come up with an answer.  It is an answer to why I do it, not so much how to stop.  In fact, I have no idea if I can stop, not after everything.  I think that the closer I get to someone, I care more about how they view me and feel about me.  I want them to like me, so I close off the parts they may not like about me or are difficult.  I bury them in the dark side of my brain and keep them there.  This all makes sense to me.

I have had very few people close to me and I believe because of that I want to keep them there.  So I hide the things I need to share the most.  I push these things away in an effort to keep those people close.  However, if I do not know the person and will never see them again, the risk is very small and I think I could tell them things I would not tell anyone else.  I think this is one of the factors that led to my demise.  I could not trust the people I needed the most because I was afraid of losing them, but I was okay sharing information to people I would never meet (kind of like this blog).

This puts me in a difficult position now because of the things that I have done.  I have ruined the trust I had with the person who is closest to me.  The one person who I should be able to trust the most, tell anything to without fear of being judged.  She will never fully trust me again.  So I don’t know how I can either.  I don’t know how I can trust myself or her.  I am  stuck.

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The main area I need to fix is that I cannot trust myself.  It is not that I think I will turn into a crazy person or have another affair, that is not what I mean.  I mean that I cannot trust myself to believe that I will be okay in the end.  That if I was to open that side of me, that I would come out the other side whole.  I am terrified about what would happen.  I used to be a very angry individual, extremely angry.  I was not violent, at least not to others or animals, just angry.  I would release this anger through physical activities.  I would just leave and run a dozen or so miles, just burning it off.  It would always come back.  It wasn’t until I was able to bury all the things that made me angry that I was able to move forward.  This is why my wife has only really seen the fun, safe side of me.  I learned how to bury things very quickly.  However, there have been times when I was so angry that when I began exercising I blackout.  Not pass out, I would just not remember anything about what I had done.  I could remember leaving or starting the activity and then come to hours later.  I would still be doing whatever the activity of choice was that day but I would not have any idea how long I had been at it or where I had ran or anything about the activity.  Then the exhaustion would hit me and I would struggle home.  This is always a scary feeling for me because I know how angry I am and I worry about what could happen when I am not coherent.  It scares me because I have no control.  So I keep myself under control.  I keep myself in check and I bury the things that make me angry before they can get big enough to put me in that place.  If I can get rid of them quick enough then I feel there is no risk.  So I don’t know that I can trust myself to let those things out now.  I don’t know where all that anger would go.  I don’t know how I would react.  I don’t know if I could even make it through myself safely.  With so many unknowns and not even factoring in her reaction, it is too difficult for me to trust myself to let go.

If I cannot trust myself then how can I really trust her.  I know I am holding back and so I assume everyone else is as well.  As she tells me things I sometimes wonder what else is there to this or what is she not telling me.  She has done nothing to provoke this, it is just inside myself that I have these insecurities.  I want to trust her.  I want her to love me completely, but now I know that she will never completely trust me again.  I don’t blame her but still part of me is so hurt that I took that away from us and ruined the chance for me to let these things out.  I have wounded both of us and put a tear in our marriage that will never fully heal.  There will always be a scar there reminding us of what happened.  I have hurt her so much that she will never look at me the same.  She will never be able listen to what I have to say without a hint of skepticism.  I am just lost as to where to go.  I am working towards building her trust in me, even if it is only a small amount but I have no idea how to build it in myself or to build my trust in her.

About bac4sccr

I am just a run of the mill, ever day father/husband who is just trying to navigate my way back to where I want to be. Unfortunately there isn't an "Easy" button or a "Reset" button or I would be hitting them repeatedly. This is just my journey from my perspective.
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10 Responses to Who Do You Trust The Most? Is It Yourself?

  1. Miss Evelyn says:

    We all hide from ourselves, one way or another. I know I do. That’s why there’s a blog. It allows me express yet still stay hidden. But if you say your wife is reading and sharing with her, don’t you feel your privacy is being invaded ?

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    • bac4sccr says:

      It is not so much that my privacy is being invaded but I have changed how, what, and how often I post. I do not post nearly as often and at times it is cryptic so only I can get the true meaning. It is the main reason I feel like I cannot get anything out and it is all just building. But it also helps us because when I am in a bad state and I write and she reads it then it begins a discussion that usually ends up being helpful for both of us.

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      • Miss Evelyn says:

        I hope it helps you both to bring forth a meaningful discussion. But I still think you need to heal within yourself first. Involving another person, always wrapping your mind around the person prevents you from moving forward. I’m not saying it’s impossible, I’m saying it will be difficult for you. As for trust, once broken will never fully return to its previous state. The jar may get glued once more, but will occasionally shatter once in a while and you’ll need to build it once again. It’s the cracks. I do wonder will the cracks ever remain sealed or will it just shatter under the weight of it all.


        • bac4sccr says:

          Oh, I agree. I am really the one holding us back right now because I can’t heal myself. It seems silly but that is my reality. I just don’t know exactly how to do it. I have always been my own worst enemy.

          You are right about trust and I accept the responsibility for destroying what we had. I know I have made the path so much harder. In the end I can’t really complain. My wife wants me back, I want to be back, we both want to be happy, so why can’t it all work out? Mysteries of the Universe…

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          • Miss Evelyn says:

            If you say you are your worse enemy then maybe it’s time to figure out a way to get out of that. From all I’ve experienced so far, there just has to be an individual self. If there isn’t then I fall into the trap of people pleaser. I don’t think it’s a mystery. It’s more that both of you need to realize you have to start fresh. It cannot ever go back to whatever you had in the past. Because it’s the past. You can’t time travel can you ? But you can make a new beginning. If she cannot let go of your past mistakes, I don’t know how you can move forward.


            • bac4sccr says:

              That is how we are trying to proceed. And she has been wonderful (well as much as she could considering the circumstances) so she is not the one holding us back. She wishes I would forgive myself and move past the guilt and shame but I cannot seem to let it go. I just can’t grasp that concept.

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            • Miss Evelyn says:

              How about this. Why don’t you think back to an experience you had when you did something where you felt “guilty, shameful” how did you react and how did you handle that situation?


  2. Welcome to life. You fucked up. She fucked up too. You were distrustful. She was too. And, guess what, you BOTH will be again. This has nothing to do with any one act or deception, this is about being human. If you are looking for perfection, you won’t find it, ANYWHERE. We all need to accept that we are flawed, others are flawed and that we are all doing our best to minimize the destruction left in the wake of our mistakes. We have to forgive those mistakes, never forget, just forgive. For example, our kids are going to lie, deceive, break rules and sometimes our hearts, but we forgive them because, well, we have too. Not because they are flawless, but because our hearts won’t allow us to do anything else. Love yourself, flaws and all, it’s what makes us human. You are a good man, remember that.

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  3. MjBee says:

    You’re super aware and that’s half the battle, so that’s a good start!!!


  4. Jeffery's Mother says:

    you know what, I’m writing a blog series about divorcing someone who clearly has narcissism. In my reseach on the subject, the things you are describing sound very familiar to someone who suffers from either narcissism or borderline personality disorder. The good news is that based on recent research, both are highly manageable with proper treatment. Just thought i’d throw it out there. Just by writing about it, you seem highly aware of your internal struggles, which is a great sign. I hope you look into it. 🙂 Years ago, the prevailing thought was that narcissism was incurable…the thoughts on the disorder have been changing, especially with research even over the past couple of years.


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