A stage in Erikson's Eight Stages of Development where, the child, during their first 18 months, experiences a primordial experience of distrust of their surroundings. This has been linked to neglect, lack of percieved love or, inconsistent treatment by parental figures.

BASIC MISTRUST: "Prolonged basic mistrust can lead to problems forming romantic relationships in later life according to Bowlby."
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