Avoidant attachment style is one of the three types of attachment styles based on attachment theory. Avoidant attachment types are remarkably self-sufficient, self-motivated, and oftentimes uneasy with intimacy. They keep everyone an arms distance away by the way they carefully construct their lives. They become experts at avoiding or escaping situations where they could feel vulnerable. In other words, they avoid potential heart-break or rejection of partners by simply avoiding relationships altogether.
Attachment theory asserts that infants have a built-in survival-based need to bond with a primary caregiver. This bond or attachment provides a sense of security to the infant. However, not all parents or caregivers provide consistent, reliable care, and the child soon learns that they cannot rely on anyone but themselves.