Attachment theory

Better understand how different people form bonds to others.

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I understand what is meant by attachment theory

Attachment theory has a long history and has been used as a basis for continuous research. The first step is to get acquainted with the basics and understand the different attachment styles.

According to psychiatrist and psychoanalyst John Bowlby, one’s relationship with their parents during childhood has an overarching influence on their social, intimate relationships and even relationships at work in the future.

In other words, your early relationship with your caregivers sets the stage for how you will build relationships as an adult.

I know what the different attachment styles are

There are four adult attachment styles:

  1. Anxious (also referred to as Preoccupied)
  2. Avoidant (also referred to as Dismissive)
  3. Disorganized (also referred to as Fearful-Avoidant)
  4. Secure

I know how attachment styles develop in children

The behavior of the primary caregivers (usually one’s parents) contributes to and forms the way a child perceives close relationships.

The child is dependent on his or her caregivers and seeks comfort, soothing, and support from them. If the child’s physical and emotional needs are satisfied, he or she becomes securely attached.

This, however, requires that the caregivers offer a warm and caring environment and are attuned to the child’s needs, even when these needs are not clearly expressed.

Misattunement on the side of the parent, on the other hand, is likely to lead to insecure attachment in their children.



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