Attachment Styles And Its Effect On Adult Romantic Relationships

1739 WordsOct 11, 20157 Pages
Attachment Styles and its Effect on Adult Romantic Relationships Attachment is a deep and enduring emotional bond that connects a caregiver to their child. The relationship between the caregiver and the child plays a vital role in the child’s behavior, mind, and emotions at any time in their life, from child to adulthood. A child’s attachment style is developed through childhood experiences. Depending on the style of attachment influences how a person reacts to their needs and how they go about getting them met. When there is a secure attachment individuals are confident and independent and know how to get theirs and their significant others needs met. However, when there is an insecure attachment individuals express anxious, avoidant, and ambivalent behaviors, which makes them unsure of what type of romantic partner they need in their life to satisfy, love, and accept them. While many believe that a person’s attachment style does not impact their relationships, I conceive that a child’s attachment style affects everything in their adult romantic relationships. From their partner selection to how well their relationship progresses and how it ends. The attachment theory was developed by John Bowlby and Mary Ainsworth. Bowlby believed that attachment begins at infancy and continues throughout life and there are early family relationships that effect personality development. (Bowlby, 1991) For example, maternal separation and deprivation at an early age. Like Bowlby,
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