How to Trust After Betrayal and Stop the Lying

When entering into a relationship, there must be a level of trust for intimacy to take place. Trust is the gateway to intimacy; without it, there is no possibility for closeness to happen. But when trust is broken, and betrayal shows up, then you must make a decision about that relationship and all others. Do you use this experience as a benchmark for all other relationships? Or do you learn how to trust again after a betrayal?

The Genesis of Trust

Trust implies security, meaning that when you have trust in someone, you feel secure that they will be honorable toward you. But this doesn’t always happen in relationships. The breaking of trust happens more often than we think. You could say that lying is the natural state of being for us humans. Let’s look at some evidence.

The first thing that comes to mind is the first story of betrayal- The Garden of Eden story. 

God gives Adam paradise; then, he introduces Eve. His only rule is to eat anything in the Garden except the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil. Of course, a serpent seduces Adam and Eve to eat the forbidden fruit, and God expels them from the Garden. No more bliss and joy, only suffering and pain.

God trusted Adam and Eve to follow the rules, but the temptation was so great, they wanted to know what it felt like to have this knowledge of pain and suffering. What was it teaching us? They knew how incredible bliss and love were like, but what else was there that they could experience? And if God put the tree there to tease them and test their devotion, well they proved that they could not be trusted after all.

This is a parable for the nature of humankind. Have you seen Lucifer yet?

Everybody Lies

Ok, so this Bible parable is a cautionary tale, but does it apply to everyone? The simple answer is yes.

In Seth Stephens-Davidowitz’s book, Everybody Lies: Big Data, New Data, he claims that our Google searches reveal the truth of what we typically present. Essentially, even though general statistical poles based on peoples, interviews or surveys aren’t consistent with our Google searches.

This can make a lot of sense if you’ve been in a relationship with someone who is telling you they are faithful, but when you “accidentally” check their history, they are on porn sites every night after you fall asleep. Or if you’ve been in what you believed to be a monogamous relationship only to find your partner is texting another lover. Internet/digital date can reveal the truth.

Why we love, why we cheat

In Helen Fisher’s TED talk about romantic love and why we cheat, she shows that the idea of “love is blind” is accurate for us all. When we fall in love our dopamine uptake is intense, we become possessive, we covet, we obsess, and we intensely crave that person we love.

She put people who were in love, in an MRI and revealed that the part of the brain that lights up is the same part that gets addicted while on cocaine… similar to sugar. We crave that person. She believes that love is the most powerful drive we have, and she thinks it’s more potent than our sex drive. We die for love.

 With the different brain systems that are involved with romantic love, we can be romantically in love, but also feel desire for another. We are genetically capable of loving more than one person.

She also suggests that with the rise of female economic strength, and world trends, “infidelity is a worldwide phenomenon that occurs with remarkable regularity, despite near-universal disapproval of this behavior.” She reveals more in the ten facts about infidelity

In fact, the current trend for romantic relationships is that the structure of our relationships is changing. Even though we focus on one individual, we are becoming more open to different forms of relationships where we have more than one sexual partner, but have an understanding of loyalty with another or feel romantic love for yet another.

Who is the betrayer?

If we are naturally, genetically predisposed to be liars, then are we betraying our partners? Is the idea of loyalty and honesty in a relationship an impossible expectation?

Or are our expectations just too high? Should we expect to be lied to?

And then let’s ask the real question; who is the betrayer. Like my 3rd lawyer said to me, “Well, you picked him.” He was right; I did pick him. I saw what he was, but decided to focus on the good stuff and ignore the dismissiveness and selfish behavior. I made excuses for him. I self-eliminated. I made myself unimportant in the relationship. I betrayed myself.

We can go around pointing our fingers, playing the victim, or we can take back our power in the relationship and look at how we betrayed ourselves. …How we lied to ourselves and decided to project onto our partners.  We picked that partner so that they could play out a pattern of betrayal that was modelled to us on some level by our primary caregivers. These patterns go deep and are active when it comes to romantic relationships.

How to trust again

If, according to Dr. Fisher, we are wired for infidelity and we all lie in relationships, then is fighting to change this behaviour going to make your partner, not a liar? Of course not.

But how do we accept it and then learn to trust again?

We forgive. Most importantly, we forgive ourselves for putting ourselves in a situation where we knew we would be deceived. Even as unconscious as we were or blinded by all the good things we saw in our partner, on some deep level of awareness, we knew.

We have to forgive ourselves and our partners for playing out this pattern of lying. Then we work towards defining what we truly want in our relationships.

With clarity, we focus our energy on those characteristics that make us feel respected, considered, desired, and adored. Once we have the emotional clarity, we change our energetic resonance, and then we start to attract those characteristics that we want.

When we trust ourselves to maintain loyalty to our goals, focus on self-care, self-devotion, self-promotion, then we will attract the same. The idea of betrayal from another will become less traumatic as we focus on our trust for ourselves, rather than place all of our trust in another. And over time, trusting a new partner after a betrayal will be seamless, because betrayal will simply no longer happen. And that’s the truth. 


  1. patricia

    I really need to know how to truly forgive not only myself but my previous partner if 4 years. As time went on zi diecovered he lied from the minute I met him on the dayingvdite, infact his whole profile ended up being a lie. I am.trying to get nsvk into meeting someone. I havr to admit, Im.not sure if I csn trust myself NOT ti get into the same type of relationship. How csn I train myself NOT to enter back into this type of behsviour again?

    • dianamikas

      Hi Patricia,
      Some people are really good at lying and fool the best of us. You nailed it when you say that the trust is about you. The only way is to take the time to forgive yourself. Get clear on what you really want and deserve in a relationship and most importantly trust your red flags. That’s where we get into trouble… we don’t trust our first intuition. Before you get back into dating take some time to heal. Join our private group and get more support –

  2. Susan Chartrand

    You are right when you say we have to forgive ourselves. 11 years ago I was single and I was happy. I had my kids and grandkids. I had decided then that was enough for me. Then I met my second husband. He swept me off my feet. I asked all the right questions. Because I had been in abuse relationships before both physically and mental. And the passed 10 years have been good. We did things together. We never argued. But the last few years it seamed we where fighting a lot about really stupid stuff. Like he would feed our dog table scraps. She was on a special diet she had a weight problem and she was not to eat table scraps. Things like this. He took his life December 2019 the letter he left said I have given him the most precious gifts in life and that he had destroyed them. he was sorry he hurt me. I found out a month later he had been cheating on me with a woman who had become my friend since before I even knew him. For 10 years I’ve been lied to. They were doing their thing when I was up in our room sleeping or when I was working nights. I found out his second marriage had ended because of her. I trusted him totally. He took care of all the financial stuff. I’m finding out now that he had lied to me about most of it. It’s a big mess. I’ve told this woman’s husband what I found out. And her first response to me was you can’t keep your husband satisfied or alive. I feel so used as a friend a partner my trust is gone in anyone. Even my own daughter I don’t trust because she had a close relationship with him. This not only has destroyed me it’s destroyed mine and his family.
    Why are people so selfish that they do these kinds of things to others? How can you trust again. I feel so stupid I see the red flags now when I think back but why did I not see them when they came up? I asked questions when things did not seam right but he was able to give me an answer that I would tell myself yes I understand that. Or he would get mad at me for questioning things saying what you don’t trust me?
    Now I don’t trust nobody

    • dianamikas

      Thank you for sharing your story Susan. It is difficult to see how you have repeated a pattern with your second husband, only to find out it was all a lie. And the pain of finding out that your friend was having the affair. Ultimately, the work you have to do to get over this is to forgive yourself for not seeing it sooner. I know you have the courage to change how you pick your partner and your friends. Feel free to connect with me if you’re ready to heal and move on –

  3. Karen Macina

    I am so sorry what your husband did to you and even more sorry that he ended his life. That woman is nothing more than a cold hearted bitch. For your husband to ruin a second marriage because of her shows you the kind of person he was. I was cheated on, lied to and eventually abandoned for a woman who is not fi to tie my shoes. It does get easier, please don’t blame yourself. Seek out people who will support you. Good luck

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