This theory in psychoanalysis states that the basis of neurosis and/or neurotic behavior is can be attributed to an early trauma, usually in early childhood in an individual's life. The theory postulates that this is akin to birth trauma.

PRIMAL TRAUMA: "Phillip's primal trauma of early child abuse led to his neurotic behavior in middle age."
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