The pain of having your trust shattered more than once can permanently change the way you look at people and relationships in these ways.
The person you are today is a because of all the experiences you have had throughout your life, the good and the bad. But nothing changes you quite like the painful experiences you have had. Having your trust broken by someone you had complete faith in, feeling betrayed because of the actions of someone you held dear–having experienced this over and over again can make you shut down. Even though you have healed from the wounds they left behind, the scars you carry are a reminder of how it has changed you.
Nothing can stop you from being compassionate to the people around you, but your past has taught you to do it with your guard up. You used to be the person who would connect with people in a heartbeat, but now you're slightly more cautious. You have had your heart broken too many times, and it's taught you that trust is something to be earned and not worth giving away blindly.
Even though you had to learn this the hard way, you realized that first impressions may not really reflect the true colors of a person. You learned that it's important to protect yourself, and you do this by giving yourself time to understand people. You no longer give people the chance to deceive you with sugarcoated words and fake smiles.
Disappointments and unfulfilled promises have changed so much about you. You read people differently now and you have understood that not every relationship is going to be worth your time. You learned that you need to stop caring too much about people and you stopped giving your love when you saw that you don't get the same in return.
There are days when you wake up and miss the person you used to be—the hearty, carefree woman who would never think twice before trusting someone. But you understood that you need to hold onto your trust for your own good. Although there's still that old warmth in you, you wait before giving your heart away to someone in a relationship.
You're tired of dealing with people who are manipulative and who sabotage you into doing things that you don't want. You no longer tolerate people who are two-faced, saying one thing when you're front and doing something completely different when you're not around. You have learned how to stand up for yourself and now, you're able to say "no" to the wrong people and be there for the right ones.
Just because it's love, it doesn't mean that it can't be painful. In the past, the people who hurt you the most were the ones you wholeheartedly shared your love with. Even though you thought they were the ones you could actually trust, the experience also made you realize that even love can be cruel. That's when you promised yourself that you would only give love to the person who treats you the way you deserve to be treated, with kindness and respect.
The times you were hurt were the times you found out who your true friends really are. You found out the people who will stick by you through the tough times and not just for the good times alone. While you may have lost a few friends along the way, your circle of friends is now much tighter and closer to each other, and you always have the right people pushing you along the way.