When we are infants we have lots of needs, such as food, a safe environment and lots of loving human contact. If we are loved as children we have a good chance of being psychologically healthy. If we are not loved this is seen as a threat to our very existence. The young baby or child cannot deal with the intensity of the emotional pain involved, so it is repressed out of consciousness. This then becomes a pool of primal pain, and a defense system is set up to keep the primal pain out of conscious awareness.