In attachment theory, there are four attachment styles. Attachment theory was originally created by British psychiatrist Dr. John Bowlby, M.D. in the 1950s and 1960s. Understanding your attachment style can help you better understand yourself and help you to have healthy, positive relationships.
Attachment issues stem from childhood and are based on our relationships with caregivers and parents.
People with a secure attachment style are confident in their relationships and have good self-esteem. They can function independently while giving and getting support from their partner when needed. Learn more about what it means to have a secure attachment style.
Those with an avoidant attachment style are often highly independent and don't want to rely on others for emotional fulfillment, so they tend to avoid avoid emotional closeness. Learn more about what it means to have an avoidant attachment style.
Those of us with an anxious attachment style are often overwhelmed with anxiety at the thought of our partners leaving us. They need constant reassurance from their partner that they won't be abandoned, and can be described as clingy. Learn more about what it means to have an anxious attachment style.
People with disorganized attachment style may crave intimacy but also fear it, because they fear they may get hurt. These individuals may have trouble regulating their emotions as a result of neglect or abuse. This is the least common attachment style. Learn more about what it means to have a disorganized or fearful-avoidant attachment style.
If you’re having a challenging time with your attachment style or other relationship issues, consider talking with a licensed therapist who specializes in avoidant personality disorder and/or therapists with expertise in attachment-based issues.
Take our 3-Minute Attachment Style Test to find out your personal attachment style, and you'll get a free customized report.
Knowing your attachment style is helpful to developing a better understanding of your interactions and behavior in relationships. Results are completely confidential.