Developmental Psychology

Adult Attachment. A Concise Introduction to Theory and by Omri Gillath

By Omri Gillath

Adult Attachment: A Concise advent to thought and learn is an easy-to-read and hugely obtainable reference on attachment that bargains with a number of the key strategies and issues studied inside of attachment conception. This booklet is made from a chain of chapters framed via universal questions which are in general requested through newcomers getting into the sector of attachment. The content material of every bankruptcy specializes in answering this overarching query.

Topics at the improvement of attachment are coated from various degrees of research, together with species, person, and courting degrees, operating versions of attachment, attachment services and hierarchies, attachment balance and alter over the years and throughout occasions, dating contexts, the cognitive underpinnings of attachment and its activation of enhancement through priming, the interaction among the attachment behavioral procedure and different behavioral structures, the consequences of context on attachment, the contribution of physiology/neurology and genetics to attachment, the associations/differences among attachment and temperament, the conceptualization and dimension of attachment, and the organization among attachment and psychopathology/therapy.

  • Uses a question-and-answer layout to handle crucial themes inside of attachment theory
  • Presents info in an easy, easy-to-understand approach to verify accessibility for newcomers within the box of attachment
  • Covers the most options and matters that relate to attachment idea, hence making sure readers increase a powerful beginning in attachment concept that they could then practice to the learn of relationships
  • Addresses destiny instructions within the box of attachment theory
  • Concisely covers fabric, making sure students and pros can quick get up-to-speed with the newest study

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What Is an Attachment Relationship? Chapter | 2 45 A similar observation was made by Eastwick and Finkel (2008). They noted that one of the core experiential features of falling in love is a preoccupation or fascination with the object of one’s affections. This is often accompanied by a sense of anxiety—concern over whether the object is interested in the self or whether he or she will return one’s affections. ). Eastwick and Finkel argued, however, that this form of insecurity is actually a marker of healthy relationship development in fledgling romantic relationships.

And, if people can have multiple attachment figures, the WHOTO cannot be used to estimate how many attachment figures the typical adult has. To address some of these issues, Trinke and Bartholomew (1997) developed the Attachment Network Questionnaire (ANQ). Respondents taking the ANQ are first asked to list the “significant people in your life, those people that you currently feel a strong emotional tie to, regardless of whether that tie is positive, negative, or mixed” (p. 609). This name generator is used to make salient for the respondent some of the people they may wish to consider when completing the ANQ.

However, some research is beginning to suggest that romantic attachments can form relatively quickly. For example, Heffernan, Fraley, Vicary, and Brumbaugh (2012) administered a self-report WHOTO measure to a large sample of individuals in romantic relationships and found that people may come to use romantic partners as attachment figures in a much shorter period of time. For example, approximately 50% of respondents (average age 27 years) who had been dating for 3 months reported using their partners as a secure base.

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