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Love Does Not Neccessitate Trust


Speculations into the love-trust phenomena: love-trust dynamism

   Love, the so-called affect is a necessary ingredient in interpersonal relationships to keep such relationships going but it seems
a problem is often encountered by two parties interacting especially the one evident in romantic and intimate relationships. In many cases, it is the mistrust which hampers the real nature of quality relationship among dates, intimate, friends and couples.
   The quality of love may wither when the quantity and quality of love diminishes and further, reduced to minimum level.
   Love is said to have an independent existence. Although love co-exist with trust, to some extent, it can function where there is no trust because trust itself does not exist in its absoluteness and so does love.
  Love and trust are to be strongly correlated at least superficially, that is, the relationship between the two variables moves in the same direction with the probability of deriving a positive and strong correlation coefficient of at least r=0.60 although this is not always true in all cases though.
  Love-trust is not the same for every individual therefore there is  a differential love-trust phenomenon- a situation by which the love one has towards another individual may said to vary along a level of continuum that has no end. At the same time, such person is said to vary on the measure of trust when compared to other individuals. One may love and yet seem paranoid. Then our justification about positive strong correlation of love-trust becomes erroneous because this is an extreme condition. Extreme in the sense that it is erroneous abnormal according to the statistical criteria of abnormal behavior therefore, no justification  about who is normal or abnormal as regarding love-trust dynamism- no general as to what cut-off should be set as the norm for seemingly deviating behavior as elucidated in the statistical and cultural relativism criteria of abnormality.
   Furthermore, it is supposed that there would be a variation in the statistics of different population which will cause a distortion in generalization as individual population differs in terms of sociocultural variables.

   The problem of love-trust relativism

 The philosophical dictum offers a synopsis; a proposition borrowed and thus reconstructed from the H. H. Price’s view of knowledge which goes thus;
  “To say that knowledge is true is tautological and to say that knowledge is false is self-contradictory”.
  My proposition therefore goes thus, to say that Mr. A loves Mrs. B and yet does not trust her is self-contradictory. To say that Mr. A trust Mrs. B and does not love her is also self-contradictory. But to say that Mr. A loves Mrs. B and trust her is tautological, and to say that Mr. A trust Mrs. B and love her is also tautological - this is the principle, in fact philosophical within the realm of psychology of love-trust dynamism.
   There is the need for quality research and a scientific-based knowledge on the love-trust phenomenon and also a need to transcend the level of speculations to the level of theoretical supports, models and testable hypotheses which may proceed to a scientific law as though the above speculations as offered the focus of attention on the direction of problems as follows:
-         Is love certain and guarantee of trust?
-         Does the level of love vary with trust?
-         Is there any relationship between love and trust?
-         What possible factors could account for love-trust phenomenon?
-         Are factors like sex, age, educational level, family history, gene, position among siblings in family and religion implicated or have any effect on love-trust?
-         How about the personality traits?
-         What are the underlying factors that determine these variables?

The physiological correlates of love-trust dynamism

The correlate of love-trust as explained in physiology is neurobiological that is, there is a role played by the nervous system most notably, the limbic system.
  Does hatred correlate mistrust?
You may have a very high tendency of hating the person you mistrust or mistrusting the person you hate.
  If it does, how does this relationship tend to vary from one individual to another?
  As evident in the research on sub-cortical and cortical localization of the human brain, we can make some possible conclusions about the physiological correlate of hatred- the basal ganglia most notably the area called putamen, a part of the lentiform nuclei (Zeki & Romaya, 2008). As further inference can be made to conclude that since hatred has putamen as its physiological correlate, mistrust too share some correlate and similitude with putamen since hatred may guarantee mistrust and mistrust, hatred.
In the same way, the limbic system most notably the amygdala which correlates love, can help offer a synopsis on how trust might be related to amygdala using the neurotransmitter, serotonin to the elevation  of mood - affect.

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