Today we discuss the importance of understanding yourself through the lens of John Bowlby’s Attachment Theory
It is important to remember that attachment theory is just that, a theory. Information from this framework may resonate with you, but it is not 100% foolproof.
Dr. Saul McLeod explains that John Bowlby’s attachment theory believes a child has an innate (or inborn) need to attach to one main attachment figure. The basic 4 attachment types are:
You will see me use insecure and preoccupied interchangeably. They are both referring to the same attachment type, which is anxious. You may see others specify anxious-insecure or anxious-preoccupied. these are the same attachment types. However, anxious-avoidant is referring to avoidant mentioned above. I won’t go further on this here, but will break it down in a separate blog post and podcast.
Okay, so what is it?
Anxious attachment style is defined by Abby Moore and Hilary Hendel as a type of insecure attachment style rooted in a fear of abandonment and an insecurity of being underappreciated.
How to move forward: introspection
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Learn more about Attachment Theory
This podcast was inspired by Joyce Catlett, MA, read more on here breakdown of anxious attachment and parental attunement here.