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What Is the Attachment Theory (and How Is It Affecting Your Relationships)?

PureWow Logo By letters@purewow.com (Lindsay Champion) of PureWow | Slide 1 of 5: Good question. It’s a psychological model that examines how and why individuals respond in relationships—for example, when a person is emotionally hurt, perceives a threat or is separated from a loved one. Proponents of this theory believe that there are four attachment styles (more about those below). “Our style of attachment affects everything from our partner selection to how well our relationships progress to, sadly, how they end,” notes Lisa Firestone in Psychology Today. “Recognizing our attachment pattern can help us understand our strengths and vulnerabilities in a relationship.”

So, what exactly is the Attachment Theory?

Good question. It’s a psychological model that examines how and why individuals respond in relationships—for example, when a person is emotionally hurt, perceives a threat or is separated from a loved one. Proponents of this theory believe that there are four attachment styles (more about those below). “Our style of attachment affects everything from our partner selection to how well our relationships progress to, sadly, how they end,” notes Lisa Firestone in Psychology Today. “Recognizing our attachment pattern can help us understand our strengths and vulnerabilities in a relationship.”

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