Excerpt About Holding Environment

How Holding Supports the Individuation of the Soul
To the extent that the environment provides adequate holding the child can develop in the context of a continuity of being which allows and supports the individuation of the soul -- one's unique embodiment of Being. Because there are degrees of holding and of impingement, and because no holding environment is without failures, we typically develop a real (essential) and a false (egoic) self in varying proportions. basic trust is usually not totally missing, but it is seldom complete. To have absolute basic trust is to be completely realized.

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