After escaping an abusive relationship it becomes time to recalibrate yourself. One such recalibration is learning how to read people again. First, though, before moving into any new friendship or romance, get to know who you are without the abuser in your life and then heal and regroup your life solidly and safely. After these personal changes are “adequately” strong, which is a other discussion altogether, begin to learn to read others while you vet them. This article offers some help in that regard. And never forget, trust is never given away, it is earned by one trustworthy and respectful action at a time followed by many other signs of trustworthy and respectful action. Let me know your thoughts. firstname.lastname@example.org. Take care.