Also known as primal trauma, primal anxiety is the theory in psychoanalysis that states this basic form of anxiety is experienced when an infant is first separated from his/her mother.

PRIMAL ANXIETY: "Jodi's therapist was convinced that here deepest problems began with primal anxiety."
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