Attachment Type Combinations in Relationships. Anxious-Preoccupied with Secure.

Attachment Type Combinations in Relationships. Anxious-Preoccupied with Secure.

I didn’t go into great detail, mostly because the book is directed at those looking to get into a relationship, not those trying to deal with one they already have while I discuss how the different attachment types fare in relationships with each other in my book (Bad Boyfriends: Using Attachment Theory to Avoid Mr. (or Ms.) Wrong. But we see there clearly was interest that is great making use of accessory concept and types to attempt to guide hard relationships to a far more safe and satisfying pattern, therefore here’s my (sometimes speculative) take for each combination type:

Secure with Secure:

These partners may well have other dilemmas (addiction, distinctions over cash and investing, fairy-tale objectives), but from the entire since they will be both Secure, they tend to communicate well and don’t land in the dysfunctional interaction habits as much. Having unique interior feeling of protection makes them less self-centered, and enables greater empathy due to their partner’s feelings. A feeling of reasonableness and fairness makes every problem they face a little simpler to face together, and relying on one another is much more usually rewarded.

The Preoccupied one will test the persistence of this protected one by requiring more communications of reassurance and edging toward anxiety as soon as the protected one can’t respond quickly or reassuringly. This can have a tendency to drive the safe one toward a more Dismissive attachment style in interactions–despite possessing internal protection, the exorbitant needs for the Preoccupied will make anybody less patient. If this issue is certainly not too serious, the safe partner can bring the Preoccupied partner further toward security by constant patient reassurance, even if the Preoccupied one is being unreasonable.

The safe partner will often feel alone in holding all the duty for the relationship’s stability that is emotional. In crisis, the Preoccupied will return to anxiety and self-centeredness, and which will feel to your safe like partner flakeout. In the event that relationship does well additionally the Preoccupied grow safer over time, this dilemma will relieve.

Dismissive-Avoidant with Secure:

The Dismissive will have a tendency to drive the protected partner toward accessory anxiety by failing continually to react well or after all to reasonable communications reassurance that is requesting. An extremely secure partner can gradually change the insecure partner toward more security, but at great cost in patience and effort as with the Preoccupied. In the event that Dismissive recognizes the issue and takes some obligation for wanting to respond absolutely even though he does not really feel it, this might slowly reorient the partner that is dismissive as pleasing partners communication. If this doesn’t take place, a protected is more more likely to give up the partnership and move ahead, since unlike the Preoccupied who frequently stick to bad relationships, the Secure partner understands somebody better is offered and it is maybe not too afraid to quit for a losing relationship.

Fearful-Avoidant with Secure:

This has some similarities with all the pairing that is dismissive-Secure nevertheless the lower self-esteem regarding the Fearful-Avoidant causes it to be much more likely she or he could be the someone to leave the connection whenever it becomes intimate and routine, considering that the closer they arrive at an actual individual the greater afraid they have been of loss, and evidently rationalizing their exit as because of the partner’s flaws is less painful than they subconsciously imagine being rejected by their partner will be.

Dismissive-Avoidant with Anxious-Preoccupied:

This really is a vintage lasting but pairing that is dysfunctional. The 2 kinds (one attachment that is under-valuing one over-valuing accessory) create an interlocking dependency packed with anxiety and stress both for. Due to the fact Dismissive could possibly prefer having his/her view of other people as needy and clingy verified, and also by the feeling of managing the relationship by doling down simply sufficient responsiveness to help keep the Preoccupied partner off-balance but into the hook, the Dismissive may settle set for the long term, although the Preoccupied partner is unhappy with settling for crumbs but sticks around away from anxiety about being alone, scared of never ever finding another relationship.

This might be probably one of the most typical (2nd and then Secure-Secure) lasting relationship types. More with this few kind: Anxious-Preoccupied / Dismissive-Avoidant Couples: the Silent Treatment, Anxious-Preoccupied: Stuck in the Dismissive?

Fearful-Avoidant with Anxious-Preoccupied:

Significantly just like the Dismissive-Preoccupied pairing, but less stable; the avoidant partner is going to be less more comfortable with the constant demands for reassurance through the Preoccupied partner and you will be less likely to want to tolerate a lengthy relationship spent fending down closeness. In the event that avoidant partner enables genuine closeness to build up, that produces his / her anxiety; when they remain well away, the Preoccupied partner will likely to be unhappy while increasing the amount of demands.

Anxious-Preoccupied with Anxious-Preoccupied:

A match that always ends defectively and quickly as neither partner is great at anticipating the requirements of the other. It is maybe perhaps not impossible that two mildly Preoccupied people will connect and learn how to satisfy each security that is other’s, however it is uncommon.

Fearful-Avoidant with Dismissive-Avoidant:

Unusual, since neither avoidant type is excellent at good accessory. The fearful-Avoidant is not comfortable without intimacy and would find the Dismissive’s lack of positive messaging as anxiety-inducing as the other types while one might think both types would prefer to be with more distancing partners. Meanwhile, the Dismissive partner does not get just as much ego-boosting attention she would from another type, and so this combination is less likely to even get started as he or.

Dismissive-Avoidant with Dismissive-Avoidant:

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