The irony of trust
Only a few times in twenty years has somebody told me they trust me less for wearing a nametag.
Apparently, it’s a trigger that makes certain people question my intentions, actions and authenticity.
Which is fine. People are entitled to their opinions.
But clearly, they do not know we very well.
The irony is, vulnerability through personal disclosure, specifically through the offering and exchanging of names, is precisely what human beings to build initial trust with each other when they first encounter. Names are the basic unit of interpersonal bonding. They are what allow us to see and be seen, to feel and be felt, and if we so choose, a foundation on top of which we build a future relationship.
And so, for a relatively unknown person to say they trust me less because of wearing a nametag, well, that makes me wonder.
Why is a sticker, this simple and practice thing, so triggering for one person? What is it inside of them that has such a problem?
Look, most people are not as interested in nametags as me. But like most things in the world, people’s responses, criticisms and judgments say more about them than about us.
Anais was right when she said, we don’t see things as they are, we see them as we are.
Life is a mirror. All we have is our own biography.
Remember that next someone starts projecting their bile all over you.
LET ME ASK YA THIS…
What is most polarizing about your personality?
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