Whether you’ve heard of it or not, your attachment style has played a large role in your relationships since childhood. Attachment theory has been studied for decades and focuses on human relationships, particularly parent/child and intimate partner relationships. Learning about attachment styles will give you a better awareness of your emotions, help you find clarity with past relationships, and develop more fulfilling relationships with current or future partners.
There are four main attachment styles that begin forming at a very young age and continue to develop over time. Traumatic experiences during adulthood can have a negative impact on secure attachment. Likewise, with intentional understanding and work, you can turn anxious, avoidant or fearful attachments into a secure attachment. Here are the four main attachment styles:
Understanding your and your partner’s attachment styles can help you develop a stronger, more fulfilling relationship. If you’re struggling with communication, commitment, or anxiety in your relationships, taking the time to understand your attachment style will help you develop healthier connections going forward. You can also find a deeper understanding of your partner’s emotions and support them towards having a more secure attachment style with you.
While this is only a narrow overview of a very broad subject, working with a therapist is a great way to define your attachment style and formulate the steps necessary to develop the optimal secure style. If you live in California, Nevada, or Arizona and you or your partner are struggling with the negative effects of your attachment style(s), reach out to Medens at (833) 624-5400 or contact us online.
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