Understanding the Impact of Betrayal and Shattered Trust in the Workplace

Dr. Debi Silber
4 min readMar 26, 2024

Introduction:

Betrayal is a deeply unsettling experience that can reverberate far beyond personal relationships. In the realm of professional life, shattered trust can have profound effects on workplace dynamics, team collaboration, and individual productivity. In this exploration, we dive into the nuanced repercussions of betrayal in the workplace, shedding light on the symptoms of Post Betrayal Syndrome® (PBS®) and offering insights into navigating these challenges to foster resilience and growth.

The Betrayal Experience:

Betrayal doesn’t discriminate — it can strike in various forms and contexts, leaving people grappling with feelings of hurt, anger, and distrust. Whether it stems from unethical behavior, broken promises, or disloyalty, the aftermath of betrayal can be particularly painful in professional settings. Employees may find themselves questioning their colleagues’ motives, second-guessing their own judgment, and struggling to maintain a sense of trust in the workplace.

Symptoms of Post Betrayal Syndrome®:

One of the defining features of betrayal is its lasting impact on individuals’ mental, emotional, and physical well-being. Post Betrayal Syndrome®…

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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.