basic trust versus basic mistrust

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One of the crises in the developmental theory of the German-born ego psychologist Erik H. Erikson (1902–94). The English psychoanalyst Donald Woods Winnicott (1896–1971), and the British-based Hungarian psychiatrist Michael Balint (1896–1970), among others, also use the term basic trust to denote the initial trusting relationship normally developed by an infant with its mother or carer. See developmental crises. Compare basic mistrust.

Subjects: Psychology.

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