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Out of the relational tripod of love, respect, and trust, which leg removed would cause everything crashing?

Asked by Hypocrisy_Central (26821points) January 28th, 2015

Out of the three components in a relationship, love, respect, and trust, which is most important to keep the relationship standing?

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josie's avatar

Respectfully…
It is a false construct. Trust and respect are subsets of the concept love. They are not separable. Asking how to separate them is a kind of time wasting parlor game. Sort of like asking “What do we need more. Air or water?”
And if someone says they love someone but they do not trust or respect them, then what they are feeling is not love but something else.

talljasperman's avatar

~Boobies. : ()

DrasticDreamer's avatar

I pretty much agree with @josie Love is born of respect and trust. You can’t respect someone you don’t trust – you can’t trust someone you don’t respect. At least in my world. There are some people who might argue that you can respect someone you don’t trust, but it’s not a concept that I can personally understand.

Hypocrisy_Central's avatar

@DrasticDreamer There are some people who might argue that you can respect someone you don’t trust, but it’s not a concept that I can personally understand.
That can happen, the same as you can respect someone you do not love. It is usually not in the construct of a relationship, but there have been relationships where people said they loved the other person but did not trust them. I have seen people be in a relationship because at least one trusted the other, so they knew they would not be cheated on, neither stolen from, but there was not a deep love there.

Cruiser's avatar

Trust…without it you cannot respect or love your partner.

Mariah's avatar

In my last relationship, I didn’t love him and he didn’t respect me, and that was pretty much a disaster. Of course they are all important but respect is the most basic, IMO. I wouldn’t even be friends with someone who doesn’t respect me, nowadays.

JLeslie's avatar

If I have to pick one I say respect, but all of them are important. Probably the ranking for me is:

1. Respect
2. Trust
3. Love

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