Trust vs. Mistrust

Finally, let me indicate that the Theory of Balanceology indicates that trust vs. mistrust is part of our basal self-need.  As creatures evolving with significant anxiety and paranoia issues, doesn’t it almost guarantee that we are going to have issues related to trust? Trust has a biological etiology (trait), but  also has a significant developmental etiology (state). Like everyone else, I have been burnt and used by other people and this has damaged my sense and ability to trust. Now I am careful in whom I will put my trust in. It is a good idea for each of us to build up an authentic characterological foundation to operate from, where others will trust what we say and do. As anxious and paranoid beings it is important that bonds of trust are part of our nurturing. Erik Erikson emphasized the need for children to trust that their parental figures can provide safety and security for them (1950’s). Colman maintained that “the greatest psychological damage of the pre-relational years is that security (basic trust) has not been established.” (1975) A child’s capacity to trust is established if the child can trust those who raise him/her. Hopefully, part of that trust is the child knowing that he/she can accept and trust Nature.  However, if no basal need bonds of trust are established, and instead mistrust and distrust, a child’s already innate insecurity will only intensify. In the end anxiety (+) paranoia (+) mistrust = un/ill-health  –> discussed in Ch. 22,  of Balanceology:  The 4M’s of motivation, meaning, measurement, mitigation.

trust vs. mistrust

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