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- Insecure attachment
An individual relationship can be insecure when it contains elements of mistrust together with anxious or avoidant elements and lacks a secure base. It is considered a dysfunctional relationship.
- Insecure attachment style
This is an interpersonal style with anxious (e.g., fearful or anxious ambivalent) or avoidant (e.g., dismissive) characteristics related to problematic experience in childhood and difficulties with careers and adult relationships. Such styles affect around 30% or more of the population, depending on which measures used.
- Anxious attachment style
Enmeshed/Preoccupied is a dependent style with high need for proximity and under-developed autonomy. It involves clinging behavior which can involve anger when needs are not met. Fearful style involves fear of rejection or criticism and this is often accompanied by behavioral avoidance.
Dismissive/Avoidant styles include those withdrawn who have over-developed self-reliance and keep distance from...
KeywordsAttachment Style Insecure Attachment Borderline Personality Disorder Anxious Attachment Adult Attachment
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