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Dr. Cassidy Blair, Psy.D.

Insecure Attachment in Childhood Leading to Problems in Adult Relationships 

Did you know that your attachment style in childhood can have a significant impact on your adult relationships? Many people don’t realize that their problems in relationships may be due to insecure attachment. Blair Wellness Group in Beverly Hills is a leading provider of mental health services, and we want to help you understand the effects of insecure attachment so that you can work on improving your relationships. Contact our team of licensed clinical psychologists today.

What Is Insecure Attachment?

Insecure attachment is a term used to describe the way that a child interacts with their parents or primary caregivers. There are three main types of insecure attachment:

  • Avoidant attachment occurs when children avoid their parents or caregivers and show little emotion towards them.
  • Anxious/ambivalent attachment occurs when children are very needy of their parents or caregivers and are constantly seeking their approval.
  • Disorganized attachment occurs when children display very confusing and contradictory behavior towards their parents or caregivers.

Behavior in Insecure Attachment Relationships

There are several signs that may indicate that a child has an insecure attachment relationship with their parents or caregivers. These include:

  • The child doesn’t respond to smiling, cooing and other social interactions from adults.
  • The child displays no preference between strangers and people they know.
  •  The parent often ignores the needs of the child.
  • The parent shows inconsistent behavior towards the child, such as sometimes being very loving and other times being neglectful or abusive.

Impact of Insecure Attachment on Adult Relationships

It’s easy to see how insecure attachment in childhood can lead to problems in adult relationships. That’s because an insecure attachment relationship is characterized by a lack of trust and security. Adults who have insecure attachment styles often find it difficult to form close relationships, and they may be more likely to experience anxiety and depression.

Treatment for Insecure Attachment

Treatment for insecure attachment usually involves therapy, either on an individual basis or with a group of other people who have similar issues. Therapy can help you learn to regulate your emotions more effectively, to improve relationships by learning how to be more independent and trusting, and to find healthier ways to cope with difficult situations. If you are struggling with insecure attachment, don’t hesitate to reach out for help – it could make all the difference in your life. Blair Wellness Group is here to support you every step of the way!

If you’re struggling with insecure attachment, our team at Blair Wellness Group can help. Reach out to us today for care from our licensed clinical psychologists.

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