Attachment Styles In Everyday Life

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The Influence of Attachment Styles throughout Life Many individuals do not stop to examine the interactions they experience with others around them on a daily basis and the effects that these interactions may have on their lives. Often times, the ways that we communicate and treat others is regarded as unimportant or fully ignored. Countless studies have been conducted on various types of attachment styles, focusing on exposures at infancy, to the parental interactions in the adolescent years, and finally, the results of medical interventions for those who have developed specific attachment styles and how this directly relates to the effectiveness of treatment. In the 1970’s, Mary Ainsworth and John Bowlby began to investigate the natural …show more content…
Those who find themselves in overwhelming situations will sometimes turn to methods of dealing with their issues that are unhealthy, self-defeating, and negatively focused such as drugs, alcohol and harmful mental patterns. People who struggled to develop a secure attachment style and belief in their own self-efficacy tend to blame external factors and end up in the hands of a medical healthcare professional at some time in their …show more content…
According to Nanjappa et al (2014), distressed or struggling individuals that have experienced a hardship and some form of deferment from a healthy emotional and physical lifestyle, such as addiction or drug abuse, typically adhere to an unproductive attachment style such as ambivalence or avoidance. In the field of healthcare in particular, it is important to have a level of understanding regarding the relationship between providers and clients, and the fragility of the bonds and trust that must be formed to accomplish effective treatment. When those who are suffering have been neglected from a young age, it is more challenging to develop trusting and meaningful relationships with others while believing that they can get better and are in control at the same time. Without the ability to recognize distress in their own life, individuals will not feel comfortable or ready to reach out to people they know, or even a medical provider when their health is in danger. The consequences of this apparent lack of attachment and interpersonal skills can be devastating and disastrous if left unacknowledged and untreated. Successfully following a treatment plan depends on the understanding and willingness to adjust on both ends of the patient-provider

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