Attachment Model Of Attachment

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Attachment is defined as the emotional bond between people, particularly in long term relationships like parent and child, peer friendships, and adult romantic relationships. The theme of attachment theory is that a caregiver who is responsive to an infant’s needs allows the infant to feel secure, happy, healthy, and well taken care of (Bowlby’s Ethological Theory). Since infants require someone to tend to their needs, they develop mental working models of attachment to deem if caretakers are trustworthy and whether or not they are worthy of that care. The level of consistency and appropriateness of response to the infants’ needs is how they deem themselves trustworthy or not (Inter-Act Interpersonal Communication). While a baby’s easy, difficult,…show more content…
Infants whose parents met their needs and pleas for attention consistently will believe they are worthy of care and their mother is trusted to care for them. This will evolve into secure attachment style, characterized by trust in others and high self-worth, where the adult is able to form healthy close bonds and has self-confidence. However, if the caregiver is inconsistent or inadequate in their care to the infant, the child will express insecure attachment throughout their life, resulting in negative effects on their mental and emotional health, and inability to form healthy and lasting relationships with…show more content…
Since attachment patterns established in infancy continue to influence one’s personality all life long, self-concept and self-esteem levels correspond to the attachment style the child expressed. Emotional Intelligence defined the ability to perceive, assimilate, and manage emotions to better guide one’s expressed behavior (Doinita, 2015). A strong EI also includes one’s ability to have high self-esteem and positive sociability in interpersonal relationships. Adults were evaluated with the Adult Attachment Scale, the Rosenberg Self-esteem scale, and the Emotional Intelligence Test. Experiences in attachment allow for the ability to judge themselves across the life span. Results show the relationship of attachment status influenced adult attachment styles and an individual 's self-esteem level and emotional intelligence development. Secure attachment is associated with higher levels of positive self-esteem and emotional intelligence, correlating positively with both aspects; all insecure attachments are associated with lower levels of self-esteem and emotional intelligence, correlating negatively with both aspects (Doinita, 2015). This also highlights the connection between adult attachment styles, self-esteem and prior-determined infant attachment models, as those with secure
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