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Trusting on the edgeManaging uncertainty and vulnerability in the midst of serious mental health problems$
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Patrick Brown and Michael Calnan

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9781847428899

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781847428899.001.0001

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Vulnerability and the ‘will to trust’

Vulnerability and the ‘will to trust’

(p.71) Four Vulnerability and the ‘will to trust’
Trusting on the edge

Patrick Brown

Michael Calnan

Policy Press

Chapter Four tackles a rather contentious theme that is emerging within the trust literature pertaining to vulnerability, choice and power. Considerations of the extent to which one is able to choose a course of action within a specific situation, and the corresponding relevance of trust (or whether the term ‘trust’ should indeed be applied at all), are explored. This leads to considerations of trust as a forced-option amidst vulnerability and the extent to which this latter factor, especially where it exists in heightened form, may lead to a ‘will to trust’. This apparent willingness may make trust more likely but not inevitable. In this sense it is possible to identify agency even in situations where apparently limited choice exists regarding treatment.

Keywords:   Agency, Choice, Vulnerability, Will to trust

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