Individual Attachment Styles

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Running Head: INDIVDUAL ATTACHMENT STYLES 1 Individual Attachment Styles Gary D. Neer PSY/220 April 26, 2010 Melissa Gonzalez
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INDIVIDUAL ATTACHMENT STYLES 2 Individual Attachment Styles The birth of a child initiates a human being into a life-long process of mutual adaptation between a person and his or her relationships (Cardillo, 1998). Interactions and relationships affect adaptations to the changing needs and stresses that are evolved with each stage of development throughout one's lifetime (Cardillo, 1998). Interaction between a child and their care-giver from early life serves as the basis upon which attachments form and a behavioral pattern develops which could be reflected in later relationships (Bolt, 2004). Secure Attachment This style of attachment usually results from a childhood of warm and responsive interactions (Bolt, 2004) with the person’s caregiver. The caregiver is responsive in understanding when to be supportive and when to allow the person to express individuality (Bolt, 2004). The person’s relationship with their caregiver is comfortable and has no major reservations or complaints (Bolt, 2004). Securely attached people tend to become emotionally close to others. They are at ease depending on others and having others depend on them (Hazan & Shaver, 1987). These individuals do not worry about being alone or having others accept them (Bolt, 2004). Securely attached people tend to have positive views of themselves and their relationships. Often they report greater satisfaction and adjustment in their relationships than people with other attachment styles. Securely attached people feel fulfilled both with intimacy and with independence. Many seek to balance intimacy, passion, and companionate love and a securely content with all types of love relationships.
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