Layers of trust in doubles – Describing mutual trust – part 3 of 6


The end of the previous article: “If you continue using the currently failing layer, it may create an avalanche of unnecessary risk-taking and loads of bad decisions where you will lose your precious focus on the game and the most important thing makes you strong. The trust in you, overall.”

In the previous article, we went through what kind of and how many layers of trust exist. It can differ for everybody as someone has fewer or more primary and secondary layers based on their personal preferences.

Now we are ready to take the next step where we can see what mutual trust means between two players. To make it simple, I would use a common example of level doubles.

An example story

Alicia found a partner to play doubles with, her name is Sarah. Sarah is an occasional partner from the same club, they have played sometimes before and this player is about the same age as you are.

None of them thinks that the other is good nor bad. They are neutral.

During today`s training match, there was some sensitive situation where Sarah expressed dominance which made Alicia feel a bit frustrated but relieved.

And also happened the other way round. Alicia felt lighter, the match felt easy and inspiring.

This was the moment when they decide that they want to try it again together or at least they will store a nice memory of this match related to this player.

Then the two girls start talking about things and discover that they have common interests and topics important to them.

After some sparring and matches, they told the coach that they want to play together because they feel stronger with the other.

Behind the curtain

Let`s say Alicia is coming from a mentally balanced family. Let`s say Sarah isn`t. (means that their primary level is different)

Both of them are open-minded as they love the game, wants to compete and eager to win. Their motivation can differ a lot at the beginning of their foundation and this is normal.

Both of them has good trust in their partners` abilities but at the moment they have better trust in their own as in the other one. This is the case, trust has 2 sides.

The trust Alicia has towards Sarah and the other way round. They are just realising that they no longer should only trust in their own abilities.

This thing can create a ground-shifting experience, creates a loss of confidence so it is vital to building it up together.

They need to transform their unity into another entity by talking through the strength and vulnerability of theirs which is now become the weakness or strength of their team.


Trust has layers. Your personal trust builds up your secondary and tertiary needs.

Eat, sleep, the possibility to play badminton and to be able to repeat that loop not to worry about financial threats is considered as a primary need as well as keep your body and mind healthy.

Secondary layers make a person trust in its knowledge and allowing the person to believe in possible things.

If all the layers underneath the tertiary layer are strong, it could allow the person to fight to achieve its dreams, which is impossible right now. Knowing the rules and also breaking some makes you exceptional.

End of part three. Part four coming soon.

I am a vivid psychology lover and always interested in how performance builds up and my interest is not limited to sports. Below I wanted to make a collection of links which are helped me to understand the layers of trust in Badminton. Please see links to the articles here:

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