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Bowlby's Attachment Theory as related to the formation of god image

Sequoia Brown

on 21 November 2012

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By Sequoia Brown and Maria Weaver Attachment and God Image Application of Skills Definition Here Secure
Avoidant (Dismissing)
Anxious (Resistant) 1 Secure Base
2 Safe Haven
3 Proximity Maintenance God Image Adult Attachment Style And God Image References Implicit Relational Knowing
Correspondence Hypothesis Internal Working Model Religion as Attachment guide humans’ cognitive, emotional, motivational, and behavioral functioning in relationships Individual differences in attachment will have implications for religious development The divine attachment figure as personally experienced Experiences in Relationships with Human Attachment Figures i.e. caregivers, friends,
romantic relationships,
mentors, etc. Development of Relational knowing for human interaction Development of Corresponding ways to interact with Divine Attachment Figure Implicit Religious Functioning Emotional, Physiological, Relational, Non-Verbal level of functioning Anxious- God as fearful and preoccupied Securely attached adults more likely to have secure attachment to God No difference between God-attachment and religious commitment Securely attached ppl viewed God as more loving, less, controlling, and less distant than insecurely attached Attachment Related Functions Relational Factors Self-Reflection Insecure Attachment Strategies -Infant and adult attachment similar
-Adult: proximity seeking, safe haven & secure base (Fraley & Davis, 1997)
-3 components transferred in order
-Romantic relationship=2 years; friendship=5.5 years -Mutual caring, support, trust & intimacy required before transfer of attachment functions
-Individual’s perceived positive security of their peer = more likely to transfer attachment-related functions -Ability to understand psychological states, emotions & motivations of self and others With security, the child/adult will focus on mental activity & not relationship patterns (Fonagy et al. 1991)
God as secure caretaker for his children; God gives us ability to self-reflect Anxious style= increase behaviors to maintain proximity (hyperactive)
Avoidant style= avoid proximity, maintain emotional distance (deactivating)
Insecure styles: rely on the secondary attachment strategies Strengthening Security of Attachment Cognitive and Emotional Factors Application to Counseling Security Priming Interpersonal Skills Topic of Discussion: Attachment Style and Attachment to God are strongly correlated only for those with a weak maternal attachment For those who report a strong maternal attachment, adult attachment style and attachment to God hold a weak and non-significant correlation Interesting Findings:
1 Creation, maintenance & restoration of a sense of attachment security increases resilience & improves mental health (Mikulincer & Shaver, 2012)
2 increased sense of security, sensitivity and supportiveness in counselor; depression decreased, for 18 months after (Zuroff & Blatt, 2006) Utilizing Counselor as Safe Haven -Insecure individuals have irrational beliefs that block attachment
-Disputing irrational beliefs allows for healthier behaviors
-Interaction with a safe attachment figure (God, parent or counselor) offers sense of security and promote learning emotional regulation strategies Psychoeducation Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

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