The Attachment Effect

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Peter Lovenheim
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**"Every reader will find this book about attachment enlightening." --Dr. Sue Johnson, author of Hold Me Tight "Does a magnificent job of revealing how attachment manifests at the workplace, in friendships, religion, and even politics." --Amir Levine, M.D., author of Attached A revealing look at attachment theory, uncovering how our early childhood experiences create a blueprint for all our relationships to come** Attachment theory is having a moment. It's the subject of much-shared articles and popular relationship guides. Why is this fifty-year-old theory, widely accepted in psychological circles, suddenly in vogue? Because people are discovering how powerfully it sheds light on who we love--and how. Fascinated by the subject, award-winning journalist and author Peter Lovenheim embarked on a journey to understand it from the inside out. Interviewing researchers, professors, counselors, and other experts, as well as individuals and couples whose attachment stories illuminate and embody the theory's key concepts. The result is this engaging and revealing book, which is part journalism, part memoir, part psychological guide--and a fascinating read for anyone who wants to better understand the needs and dynamics that drive the complex relationships in their lives. Topics include: * What it means to be securely and insecurely attached * How our early childhood experiences create a blueprint for future relationships--and how to use those insights to gain self-awareness and growth * Why anxious and avoidant attachment types tend to attract each other, and how to break the negative cycle * How anyone can work to become "earned secure" regardless of their upbringing and past relationships.

It then becomes an engine of subsequent social,... A key principle of attachment theory is that dependence leads to independence in other words it is only when a child feels confident in his/her parents availability that he/she can fully explore and play on his own 5 Circle of security is a guide that helps parents and carers to respond to the emotional needs of the child. Attachment anxiety ranges from low to high, with people high on attachment anxiety exhibiting a high need for approval, an intense desire to be physically and emotionally close to others... In reality, attachment theory does not offer much clinical guidance about the needs of children who may have already formed a specific attachment to parents prior to entering care (Crittenden, 1985; Dozier & Rutter, 2008; Egeland & Sroufe, 1981; Rutter, 2008; Zilberstein, 2006), meaning that an attachment to a foster carer will be a subsequent attachment relationship. We know little about ... Attachment theory can be of clinical significance across several spheres.

A child has an innate (i.e. inborn) need to attach to one main attachment figure.