Building Trust After Trauma: A Pathway to Organizational Resilience

Dr. Debi Silber
4 min readApr 2, 2024

In the insightful words of Anaïs Nin, “We see the world as we are, not as it is.” This profound observation speaks volumes about the human experience, particularly in the context of trust and betrayal within organizations. The lens through which we view our world is shaped by our experiences, beliefs, and, significantly, our traumas. In the corporate sphere, understanding and addressing the nuanced impacts of shattered trust and betrayal trauma is a strategic necessity for fostering a resilient and thriving organizational culture.

The Unseen Epidemic in Corporations

Betrayal trauma, often an overlooked aspect of workplace dynamics, has far-reaching consequences on employee well-being, productivity, morale, innovation, and, by extension, organizational success. This form of trauma arises when the very people who are supposed to offer support and safety become sources of harm and distrust. In the corporate world, this could manifest through experiences happening outside of the workplace. Those experiences outside of work greatly impacts how we function within the workplace. It can also be seen with unethical leadership practices, manipulation of trust for personal gain, or systemic injustices that erode the foundational trust between employees and the organization.

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Dr. Debi Silber

Dr. Debi Silber, founder of The PBT (Post Betrayal Transformation) Institute https://pbtinstitute.com helps people heal from the trauma of betrayal.