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Attraction And Attachment

Author : Barbara Jo Brothers
ISBN : 9781317764779
Genre : Family & Relationships
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Here is a fascinating exploration of the powerful forces of attachment and attraction that determine the formation and styles of couples’relationships. What factors attract one person to another? What determines whether or not a healthy relationship is formed? As therapists know, there is much in this world that passes for love but is really the result of leftover dependency needs and unresolved attachment issues. Attraction and Attachment: Understanding Styles of Relationships examines issues of attachment in relationships, discusses the validity of the concept of codependency as one aspect of attachment, and explores various aspects of attraction. The contributing authors consider some of the many styles of relationships that are called love and examine some of the basic sources of attraction. Attraction and Attachment includes an in-depth evaluation of the concept of codependency, a review of the literature on attraction, methods for achieving equilibrium in sexual intimacy, and some of Virginia Satir’s insights on fear and making changes. Just a few of the specific topics explored in these important chapters include: the relationship of childhood attachment experiences and successful long-term marriages the influence of therapists’implicit philosophies on treatment options and their effectiveness in therapy a review of biological, psychological, and social psychological literature on mate selection a definition of codependency a study of the link between codependency and depression couples’acceptance of alternative treatment formats Psychiatrists, psychologists, and clinical social workers, as well as substance abuse counselors and pastoral counselors, can discover new insights on attraction and attachment in this provocative book. All mental health professionals can find new ways of looking at the foundational elements of relationships that are invaluable to them in their work with couples.

Attached

Author : Amir Levine
ISBN : 1101475161
Genre : Family & Relationships
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Is there a science to love? In this groundbreaking book, psychiatrist and neuroscientist Amir Levine and psychologist Rachel S. F. Heller reveal how an understanding of attachment theory-the most advanced relationship science in existence today-can help us find and sustain love. Attachment theory forms the basis for many bestselling books on the parent/child relationship, but there has yet to be an accessible guide to what this fascinating science has to tell us about adult romantic relationships-until now. Attachment theory owes its inception to British psychologist and psychoanalyst John Bowlby, who in the 1950s examined the tremendous impact that our early relationships with our parents or caregivers has on the people we become. Also central to attachment theory is the discovery that our need to be in a close relationship with one or more individuals is embedded in our genes. In Attached, Levine and Heller trace how these evolutionary influences continue to shape who we are in our relationships today. According to attachment theory, every person behaves in relationships in one of three distinct ways: *ANXIOUS people are often preoccupied with their relationships and tend to worry about their partner's ability to love them back. *AVOIDANT people equate intimacy with a loss of independence and constantly try to minimize closeness. *SECURE people feel comfortable with intimacy and are usually warm and loving. Attached guides readers in determining what attachment style they and their mate (or potential mates) follow. It also offers readers a wealth of advice on how to navigate their relationships more wisely given their attachment style and that of their partner. An insightful look at the science behind love, Attached offers readers a road map for building stronger, more fulfilling connections.

An Exploration Of Attraction Through Attachment Theory

Author : Lydia Luna
ISBN : 1303075334
Genre : Mate selection
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The purpose of this quantitative study was to test the theory of attachment that assesses an attachment style's effect on the selection of a romantic partner. The researcher tested 4 hypotheses based on similar or differing attachment styles in the selection of a romantic partner. The sample consisted of 61 heterosexual couples between the ages of 18 and 64 who were currently involved in an exclusive romantic relationship of 6 months or more. The following hypotheses were tested: (1) Secure individuals will select romantic partners who have similar attachment styles. (2) Anxious-ambivalent (preoccupied) individuals will select romantic partners who have secure attachment styles or fearful-avoidant attachment styles. (3) Fearful-avoidant individuals will select romantic partners who have secure attachment styles or anxious-ambivalent (preoccupied) attachment styles. (4) Dismissive-avoidant individuals will select romantic partners who have avoidant (fearful or dismissive) attachment styles. The attachment style dimensions were measured using Fraley, Waller, and Brennan's (2000) Experience in Close Relationship-Revised (ECR-R) to evaluate the dimensions of anxiety and avoidance directly. Additionally, Griffin and Bartholomew's (1994a) Relationship Scales Questionnaire (RSQ) measured the 4 adult attachment patterns: secure, preoccupied, fearful, and dismissing. The present study utilized a correlational analysis to test the hypotheses based on attachment style dimensions, and an intercorrelational matrix to test the 4 main hypotheses based on the 4 categories of attachment. The findings suggest, in terms of attachment styles, that securely attached individuals are more likely to select a romantic partner with the same attachment style. Additionally, in terms of attachment style dimensions, females who are anxious are more likely to select a male who has an avoidant attachment style dimension. An interesting finding, not hypothesized, was that individuals with a dismissive-avoidant attachment style are more likely to select a romantic partner who is securely attached. There was no evidence to support that anxious-ambivalent or fearful-avoidant individuals selected securely attached individuals or that dismissive-avoidant individuals selected avoidantly (fearful or dismissive) attached individuals. Studies on romantic attachment have vital implications for practice, and consequently for enhancing relationship stability. This study can contribute to clinicians' growing understanding of attachment theory and adult romantic attraction.

Attachment Theory And Close Relationships

Author : Jeffry A. Simpson
ISBN : 1572301023
Genre : Psychology
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In the last decade, few topics in social and personality psychology have attracted more interest than the application of attachment theory to adult relationships. Comprehensive and up-to-date, this book integrates the most important theoretical and empirical advances in this growing area of study and suggests new and promising directions for future investigation. Its balanced coverage of measurement issues, affect regulation, and clinical applications makes this a valuable sourcebook for scholars, students, and clinicians. This volume would be useful to researchers, teachers, and students, as well as clinical psychologists and other mental health practitioners.

Wired For Dating

Author : Stan Tatkin
ISBN : 9781626253056
Genre : Family & Relationships
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In the age of online dating, finding a real connection can seem more daunting than ever! So, why not stack the odds of finding the right person in your favor? This book offers simple, proven-effective principles drawn from neuroscience and attachment theory to help you find the perfect mate. Everybody wants someone to love and spend time with, and searching for your ideal partner is a natural and healthy human tendency. Just about everyone dates at some point in their lives, yet few really understand what they're doing or how to get the best results. In Wired for Dating, psychologist and relationship expert Stan Tatkin—author of Wired for Love—offers powerful tips based in neuroscience and attachment theory to help you find a compatible mate and go on to create a fabulous relationship. Using real-life scenarios, you’ll learn key concepts about how people become attracted to potential partners, move toward or away from commitment, and the important role the brain and nervous system play in this process. Each chapter explores the scientific concepts of attachment theory, arousal regulation, and neuroscience. And with a little practice, you’ll learn to apply these exercises and practical techniques to your dating life. If you’re ready to get serious (or not!) about dating, meet your match, and have more fun, this book will be your guide.

How To Communicate Effectively And Handle Difficult People

Author : C. Ni Preston
ISBN : 0808765809
Genre : Interpersonal communication
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Getting The Love You Want

Author : Harville Hendrix
ISBN : 0805068953
Genre : Family & Relationships
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A marriage therapist and pastoral counselor explains that most of the feelings of receiving inadequate love come from unresolved childhood conflicts and describes how adults can learn to flourish as loving and loved people, in a new edition of the best-selling handbook. Reprint. 50,000 first printing.

Understanding Adult Attachment In Family Relationships

Author : Antonia Bifulco
ISBN : 9781136207884
Genre : Medical
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Attachment theory has become a key focus of both research and practice in understanding and treating psychological and social risk for marital and relationship problems, parenting and clinical disorders. In particular, adult attachment style is a key explanatory factor for understanding problems in human relationships. This practical book introduces and explains an easily accessible assessment tool for adult attachment style, the Attachment Style Interview (ASI). Based on extensive research study, it discusses appropriate interventions and case assessments that can be made to help families in need. Simpler than the Adult Attachment Interview, which requires expert administration, the ASI is an invaluable and evidence-based resource. Presenting clear and concise descriptions of the measure and summaries of the attachment models developed, this text provides discussions of its relevance for different practice contexts, and uses a range of worked case studies to illustrate its principles and applications. It details attachment issues in different relationship domains to cover areas of risk and resilience relevant for practice such as: Adult depression and anxiety and stress models Partner difficulties including domestic violence Childhood neglect and abuse as a source of attachment problems Parenting and intergenerational transmission of risk Interventions, service application and use in family therapy. Understanding Adult Attachment in Family Relationships provides an important reference for all practitioners working with children, adolescents and families, especially those undertaking further study.

On Romantic Love

Author : Berit Brogaard
ISBN : 9780199370733
Genre : Philosophy
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Romantic love presents some of life's most challenging questions. Can we choose who to love? Is romantic love rational? Can we love more than one person at a time? And can we make ourselves fall out of love? In On Romantic Love, Berit Brogaard attempts to get to the bottom of love's many contradictions. This short book, informed by both historical and cutting edge philosophy, psychology, and neuroscience, combines a new theory of romantic love with entertaining anecdotes from real life and accessible explanations of the neuroscience underlying our wildest passions. Against the grain, Brogaard argues that love is an emotion; that it can be, at turns, both rational and irrational; and that it can be manifested in degrees. We can love one person more than another and we can love a person a little or a lot or not at all. And love isn't even always something we consciously feel. However, love -- like other emotions, both conscious and not -- is subject to rational control, and falling in or out of it can be a deliberate choice. This engaging and innovative look at a universal topic, featuring original line drawings by illustrator Gareth Southwell, illuminates the processes behind heartbreak, obsession, jealousy, attachment, and more.

Wired For Love

Author : Stan Tatkin
ISBN : 9781608820597
Genre : Family & Relationships
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"What the heck is my partner thinking?" is a common refrain in romantic relationships, and with good reason. Every person is wired for love differently, with different habits, needs, and reactions to conflict. The good news is that most people's minds work in predictable ways and respond well to security, attachment, and rituals, making it possible to actually neurologically prime the brain for greater love and fewer conflicts. Wired for Love is a complete insider's guide to understanding a partner's brain and promoting love and trust within a romantic relationship. Readers learn ten scientific principles they can use to avoid triggering fear and panic in their partners, manage their partners' emotional reactions when they do become upset, and recognize when the brain's threat response is hindering their ability to act in a loving way. By learning to use simple gestures and words, readers can learn to put out emotional fires and help their partners feel more safe and secure. The no-fault view of conflict in this book encourages readers to move past a ""warring brain"" mentality and toward a more cooperative ""loving brain"" understanding of the relationship. Based in the sound science of neurobiology, attachment theory, and emotion regulation research, this book is essential reading for couples and others interested in understanding the complex dynamics at work behind love and trust in intimate relationships.

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