Trust vs. Mistrust

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Trust vs. Mistrust
By: Danielle Smitley

In this stage of life you will be faced with obstacles that will either make or break the person you are, as well as the person you’re working to become. Erik Erikson's stage theory of psychosocial development contributed to our understanding of personality development throughout your lifespan. Each stage in Erikson's theory is concerned with becoming competent in each area of life. If the stage is handled well, the person will feel a sense of mastery, which is sometimes referred to as ego strength or ego quality. If the stage is managed poorly, the person will emerge with a sense of inadequacy. In the starting point of your life usually from birth to about 18 months old the most viable resources to you would mostly be feeding and how well you grow during the time you start your formula to developing the ability to eating more solid foods such as whole fruits, chicken nuggets, various meats and vegetables. Usually during the first 18 months children develop a sense of trust when caregivers provide reliability, care, and affection. A lack of this will lead to mistrust, and soon a separation between the child and the caregivers around them. You may see that it is easy to gain the trust of a small child or infant, but what people fail to realize is that if you are in a baby’s life they will grow attached to you and will respond to you as if your their parents or guardian, but if you were to go away for a few months and then return your bond or connection with said child will either be a small one or they may not react to you at all other then as a stranger. The more your around a child this age the bigger the bond you will maintain with them. Next is early childhood, usually between the ages two and three when the toddler begins to have the connections and learning patterns they soon learn to become potty trained. Children need to develop a sense of personal control over physical skills and a sense of independence....
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