Understanding Attachment Styles: A Key to Building Healthy Relationships

Patterns of behavior and beliefs that influence how we relate to others are known as attachment styles.

Survivors of complex childhood trauma often have difficulty forming attachments. This struggle can create an unfulfilled desire for connection, leading to loneliness and isolation, depression, and risky, self-destructive behaviors, leading back to loneliness and isolation in a self-perpetuating cycle.

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What’s Your Attachment Style?
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There’s been a lot of research in the field of Early Childhood Development, regarding trauma and abuse. The effects of a traumatic childhood on future adult behavior and relationships have been well documented. Two contemporary psychologists, John Bowlby and Mary Ainsworth, have contributed much to our current understanding of this connection. Their research reveals how unmet childhood emotional needs can impact their future mental health and relationships.
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