Attachment Theory | Which attachment style do you have?
What is attachment?
Attachment is how we develop close bonds with each other
“Lasting psychological connectedness between human beings” - John Bowlby
Secure - comfortable displaying interest and affection
Anxious - need constant reassurance and affection from their partner
Avoidant - independent, self-directed, and often uncomfortable with intimacy
Anxious-Avoidant - afraid of intimacy and commitment and lash out emotionally when anyone tries to get close to them
Your attachment style explains:
Why your close relationships have succeeded/failed
Why you’re attracted to who you’re attracted to
The nature of the problems in relationships that come up over and over again for you
Studies by John Bowlby and Mary Ainsworth in the 1950’s - studies established a link between early infant separations with the mother and maladjustment
Attachment enhances the infant’s chances of survival
Infants have a universal need to seek close proximity with their caregiver when under stress
Securely attached infants would cry when caregiver left the room; insecurely attached infants showed no outward signs of distress but heart monitors showed considerable distress
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