A Relationship With Attachment Styles From Infancy And Childhood Present

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Introduction Relationships are necessary throughout life and all relationships, be them romantic or friendly, have an important impact on who we are. From birth, an attachment is formed with our mothers and close caregivers, and, as we progress throughout life, that attachment transforms and evolves in many different ways and creates a framework for future relationships (Bowlby, 1969, 1973, 1980). As we develop and change as we enter into adulthood, these attachment styles adjust and present themselves in new ways in both social context and in romantic security and conflict resolution (Shi, 2003). Eventually relationships are formed with whom we want to spend the rest of our lives, and our attachment styles from infancy and childhood present themselves as these relationships develop (Gouveia, T., Schulz, M. S., & Costa, M. E. 2015). In a romantic relationship, attachment style can influence the way that you and your partner react and communicate with one another and resolve issues and conflicts (Shi, 2003). Healthy relationships are more likely to form between people who experienced a secure attachment in childhood. This gives them high levels of intimacy, trust, and positive self-regard. In contrast, unhealthy relationships are more likely to develop between individuals with insecure attachment styles, who often feel unworthy of affection, are emotionally unavailable, and closed off to intimacy (Mikulincer & Shaver, 2003). Attachment styles in adult romantic relationships
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