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By Susan M. Johnson

This useful e-book offers state of the art techniques to couple and relatives remedy that use attachment idea because the foundation for brand new medical understandings. clean and provocative insights are supplied at the nature of interactions among grownup companions and between mom and dad and youngsters; the function of attachment in distressed and fulfilling relationships; and the methods attachment-oriented interventions can deal with person difficulties in addition to marital clash and hard relations transitions. With contributions from top clinicians and researchers, the quantity deals either normal options and particular suggestions for aiding consumers construct superior, extra supportive relational bonds.

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Attachment security is also associated with ability and willingness to give a spouse the benefit of the doubt when interpreting potentially troubling comments or behavior. In contrast, attachment insecurity is associated with destructive “tracking” of recent partner behaviors that might be interpreted as threatening (Feeney, 2002; Jacobson, Follette, & McDonald, 1982). For both recent and established marriages, and for both men and 30 RELEVANCE OF THEORY FOR CLINICAL PRACTICE women, a person’s own attachment security predicts greater satisfaction.

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The “ambivalent” aspect refers to the angry responses that are part of this pattern. • Avoidant: Deactivated attachment, dismissing attachment, dismissing–avoidant attachment. • Both Anxious and Avoidant: Alternately hyperactivated and deactivated attachment, fearful avoidant attachment, disorganized attachment, unresolved attachment (with respect to trauma and loss). In the secure strategy, we see appropriate, context-sensitive attachment system activation and deactivation. In fearful avoidant or disorganized attachment, we see the collapse of any coherent strategy as a result of opposing tendencies to seek and avoid connection.

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