The Love Brain dives into the four attachment styles - anxious attachment, dismissive avoidant attachment, fearful avoidant attachment, and secure attachment.
An attachment style is the way we attach ourselves to a partner. Attachment styles explain the way we act in our relationships. Depending on our attachment style, we do different things to seek for comfort, love, and belonging.
The anxious attachment style comes from a belief that others are trustworthy, but you are unlovable. Anxious attachment makes you feel like you have to earn love and constantly seek reassurance from your partner.
The dismissive avoidant attachment style comes from a belief that you are lovable, but others are untrustworthy. Dismissive avoidant attachment makes you feel like can only rely on yourself and are skeptical of people who say they love you.
The fearful avoidant attachment style comes from a belief that others are untrustworthy and you’re unlovable. With a fearful avoidant attachment, you feel desperate for and simultaneously terrified of love and intimacy.
A secure attachment is the goal. Partners can create a secure attachment when they are accessible, responsive and engaged with each other and strive to be each other’s support system and safety net.
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