Attachment Theory: Anxious-Insecure/Preoccupied

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Episode 36

Today we discuss the importance of understanding yourself through the lens of John Bowlby’s Attachment Theory

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:

  • Secure
  • Avoidant
  • Anxious
  • Disorganized

Anxious-Insecure/Preoccupied Attachment

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.

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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.

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