BASIC MISTRUST

n. in Erikson's eight stages of psychosocial development, the first stage reached without successful resolution. Thus, self-esteem and normal relatedness are affected. Trust being fundamental to a child's development during the first 18 months, it is distrust of the environment which forms instead. This develops from lack of affection, inconsistency in treatment, and plain neglect.

BASIC MISTRUST: "You would feel sorry for a child who, in his most innocent years, already has a basic mistrust of his environment."
Cite this page: N., Pam M.S., "BASIC MISTRUST," in PsychologyDictionary.org, April 7, 2013, https://psychologydictionary.org/basic-mistrust/ (accessed August 4, 2020).
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