A study on attachments or affectionate relationships

We get attached to our personal belongings, a special place, routines, environment, atmosphere, almost everything.

Effects of poor attachment in later life

After spending a long time with one person, it may also become more and more difficult to imagine ourselves with anyone else. That is, it is assumed that attachment styles are things that vary in degree rather than kind. According to Hazan and Shaver, the emotional bond that develops between adult romantic partners is partly a function of the same motivational system--the attachment behavioral system--that gives rise to the emotional bond between infants and their caregivers. One important change is that as a relationship progresses, the partners come to know each other more fully and care about each other to a greater degree. If the child perceives the answer to this question to be "yes," he or she feels loved, secure, and confident, and, behaviorally, is likely to explore his or her environment, play with others, and be sociable. But people who do not feel good about themselves also have challenges in relationships—self-concern goals must be met before we can successfully meet the goals of other-concern. For obvious reasons there is no similar study asking infants if they would prefer a security-inducing attachment figure.

Because a lot of energy has been invested in creating the relationship, particularly when the relationship includes children, breaking off the partnership becomes more and more costly with time. Based on these kinds of studies, it seems likely that attachment styles in the child-parent domain and attachment styles in the romantic relationship domain are only moderately related at best.

I don't worry about being abandoned or about someone getting too close to me. Some evidence suggests that people end up in relationships with partners who confirm their existing beliefs about attachment relationships Frazier et al.

hazan and shaver 1987

What Is Love? They predicted that the romantic love manipulation would decrease attention to faces of attractive opposite-sex people. Outstanding Questions and Future Directions for Research on Adult Attachment There are a number of questions that current and future research on attachment needs to address.

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