Attachment Styles – Parenting For Brain
Attachment styles, or security styles, are a type of personality trait that describes how an individual attaches to others. People with different attachment styles usually have different ways of dealing with stress, anxiety, and vulnerability.
There are four main attachment styles: secure, anxious-preoccupied, resistant, and avoidant. Secure infants are usually easy to comfort and tend to form close, supportive relationships with caregivers. Anxious-preoccupied infants are often restless and require a lot of attention. Resistant infants are often irritable and often push away caregivers. Avoidant infants are usually quiet and may become isolated from caregivers.
Secure infants tend to be stable and consistent in their relationships, while anxious-preoccupied infants are often worried and anxious and may need a lot of reassurance. Resistant infants are often difficult to please and may require a lot of discipline. Avoidant infants are usually quiet and may avoid relationships altogether.
The way an individual attaches to others can have a big impact on their life. People with insecure attachments may experience anxiety and stress, while those with secure attachments may feel confident and stable. Those with anxious-preoccupied attachments or resistant attachments may be struggling with stress, but also have strong relationships. Those with avoidant attachments may not have any relationships at all.
Attachment styles can also be a predictor of how well an individual will do in school, work, and other life situations. Those with insecure attachments may struggle with anxiety and stress, while those with secure attachments may do well. Those with anxious-preoccupied attachments or resistant attachments may do well in school and work but may struggle with stress related to their relationships. Those with avoidant attachments may do well in school and work but may struggle with stress related to their lack of relationships.
Attachment styles are a complex and fascinating topic. They can have a big impact on an individual’s life and understanding them can help you better understand yourself and your relationships.