- View others warily, as if they have malicious intent.
- Act in defensive ways in the interest of self-protection.
- Limit our communications.
- Bureaucratize processes/rules/structures that constrain others.
- Engage others with skepticism and apprehension.
- Refrain from letting ourselves care.
- Live in a state of disquiet and foreboding.
Distrust tends to restrict our vision, our level of communication, our productivity, our connectedness, and our happiness.
Generally, distrust makes us less than we can/should be. We are better served, both personally and organizationally, when we extend distrust only to those who have proven they deserve it.
Trust is by far the better default setting
(unless we like living in of world constant anxiety and suspicion).