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Attachment Theory: Anxious/Ambivalent Adult
Transcript of Attachment Theory: Anxious/Ambivalent Adult
Personal Story: Generation 1
James (4 years old) loves his father so much and would like to spend more time with him
Problem: Harland (Jame's father) has an alcohol addiction and spends more time at the bar then with his family. He often makes promises with his son that are frequently broken.
James is simply looking for attention but instead his father gives him money or buys him toys
What do you think the results will be?
Will James continue this pattern with is own kids and wife?
Will James have difficulties when it comes to getting close to others?
Will he have trouble maintaining trust in others?
Personal Story: Generation 2
James also develops an alcohol addiction because he feels the world is too unpredictable, to cope with these feelings he drowns his anxiety with alcohol.
He falls in love easily and quickly but jealousy consumes him.
He has difficulty trusting his wife and kids, and believes they will leave him
James unstable childhood had repercussions on his adult life.
He became unstable and had a hard time trusting others.
He feared that he would be abandoned but this time by his wife and kids.
He needs to work on his own issues before his family leaves like he fears.
The world is an unpredictable place…others do not get as close as they desire and when they do, this person either becomes consumed or pushes them away to protect from the hurt and disappointment that they feel is coming…they worry that their partners do not love them or that they will leave them…jealousy is predominant. They can fall in love easily but often end after a short while because of emotional highs and lows. Difficulty establishing long-term trust in others.
Infant gets needs met in an unpredictable way... sometimes is fed when needs to be comforted, sometimes is changed when needs to be fed. Sometimes nothing is done at all.
As adults, those with an ambivalent attachment style often feel reluctant about becoming close to others and worry that their partner does not reciprocate their feelings. This leads to frequent breakups, often because the relationship feels cold and distant. These individuals feel especially distraught after the end of a relationship.