Childhood: Where Trust Is Born or Torn

November 7, 2014 9:24 PM

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Our understanding of trust is built from the time we are born. In fact, the developmental psychologist and psychoanalyst Erik Erikson observed that the basic conflict of trust and mistrust is established and addressed from the time we are born to around 18-months of age. The experiences and support structure provided in our early childhood forms the basis of our emotional and psychological intelligence and well-being. When trust is nurtured by others, it breeds more trust. For children, reinforcing trust helps them learn to cope and develop the life skills that can build confidence, character, integrity, honesty and humility. These are essential traits for survival, success, and leadership.

When I was 12 years old I was part of a Little League baseball team in my hometown Auburn, NY. Note that I did not say "played for a Little League team." Truth is, I was a member of the team, but not a very good ball player. My position was a Right Fielder. I fretted getting the ball hit or thrown t...

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