Lecture 8 - Jan 24th

Lecture 8 - Jan 24th - 1 Introduction to Personality: 332...

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Unformatted text preview: 1 Introduction to Personality: 332 Jan 24, 2011 Attachment from Infancy to Adulthood Thursday, February 10, 2011 Are our current relationships infuenced by the kind oF attachment we had with our mother (and Father) as inFants?- we can use attachment types in inFancy to attachments we Form as young adults with romantic partners, tempers we Form, etc.- When ProF was in his 20’s he started having romantic attachment so was that attachment infuenced by his attachment to his mom as a 2 year old. - theory: in the ¡rst 2 years oF liFe we develop a working model oF how relationships work; we develop a set oF belieFs and expectancies about how people work and respond. this early working model can become a template For what we expect later on in our development Form close others.- when proFF was ¡nishing grad school a study was published claiming that there are links between our earliest attachment and adult attachments. (Hazen and Shaver). In relationship psychology there had never been an attachment Focus, this was the ¡rst. In this study they used the absolute worst individual diFFerence measure in the history oF personality psychology and aFter that they developed better ways oF assessing adult romantic attachment. they began by describing three ways in which you may be attached to your romantic partner and asked you to identiFy which one describes you best and then they used that inFormation to predict how you recollected your experiences with your mom and your Future relationships. 2 Question oF the Day Thursday, February 10, 2011 Which of the following best describes your feelings? I Fnd it relatively easy to get close to others and am comfortable depending on them and having them depend on me. I don't often worry about being abandoned or about someone getting too close to me. (60% choose this response indicating a secure attachment.) I am somewhat uncomfortable being close to others; I Fnd it difFcult to trust them completely, difFcult to allow myself to depend on them. I am nervous when anyone gets too close, and often, love partners want me to be more intimate than I feel comfortable being. (40% insecure-avoidance; person is reluctant to get deeply connected) I Fnd that others are reluctant to get as close as I would like. I often worry that my partner doesn‘t really love me or won't want to stay with me. I want to merge completely with another person, and this desire sometimes scares people away. (40% anxious-ambivalent; when this study was published they showed that securely attached people function better in their relationships. they asked for recollections form your childhood. if you had a secure romantic relationship you were more likely to report that your mother was warm and responsive to you as a young child therefore perhaps your early attachment had a continuing in¡uence. obviously there are issues with the study, it has evolved to a rating scale. the other major problem is that this is all retrospective. if we ask about your...
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Lecture 8 - Jan 24th - 1 Introduction to Personality: 332...

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