Very young children view the world as an extension of themselves. They don’t have a sense of separation. So when “bad things” happen the Child can decide they caused it. This can seed the belief that “there’s something wrong with me.” Or “I did something bad.”
This generates fear because guilt calls for punishment.
The Child is making decisions based on a very limited understanding of their environment. That doesn’t necessarily mean that a few misperceptions in childhood means that you’re going to be messed up for the rest of your life.
It’s the perceptions, thoughts and feelings that go reinforced over time that become problematic. The thoughts and feelings that get compounded through the SSE form a person’s belief system.
The things that get sufficient reinforcement, over time, become problems later in life because they become beliefs.
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