Attachment Between An Infant And A Caregiver

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Secure, Avoidant, Ambivalent and Disorganized Attachment Theories Attachment between an Infant and a Caregiver Human nature has evolved in ways that allow for people to develop deep connections with one another. These connections are always extremely vulnerable in the very early stages of our infancy. From the moment we are born, we innately seek to forge an attachment with our caregivers; mostly because without it, we would not survive. Evidently, we are biologically programmed to bond with our mothers (or closest caregivers), immediately after birth. More often than not, this is a reciprocal connection which establishes an enduring emotional relationship that inevitably shapes our growth and development. Our capacities to adapt to our environment are inextricably bound to the attachments we form with our closest caregivers. The following examples of attachment styles are a result of controlled studies which were conducted in a laboratory environment. The theories that unfolded, as a result of these studies, were pioneered by John Bowlby in the 1950s. Later, in the mid-1960s, Mary Ainsworth, a student of Bowlby, conducted further studies to help solidify theories of attachment between mother and child. These classic sets of experiments are referred to at the Strange Situation and continue to be used today to help us understand the bonds that are created and how they may predict future behaviors. Secure Attachment Usually, by the time a baby is one year old, an
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