Major Movements in Psychology

Attachment Theory

How do securely attached adults act?

Adults who are securely attached value attachment and can speak about attachment relationships with feeling but will also be thoughtful and reflective. They can take some distance from their feelings and be reasonably objective about their experiences. On the AAI, secure adults give a coherent account of their childhood relationships with their parents and their generalized descriptions of the relationship are supported by specific memories. In the same way that a securely attached child balances dependency and exploration, a securely attached adult balances emotion and thought.


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