Avoidance of Intimacy: An Attachment Perspective

A basic principle of attachment theory is that early attachment relationships with caregivers provide the prototype for later social relations

Kim Bartholomew

2007

Scholarcy highlights

  • A basic principle of attachment theory is that early attachment relationships with caregivers provide the prototype for later social relations
  • Two forms of adult avoidance of intimacy are differentiated: a fearful style that is characterized by a conscious desire for social contact which is inhibited by fears of its consequences, and a dismissing style that is characterized by a defensive denial of the need or desire for greater social contact
  • The emotional and interpersonal ramifications of the two proposed styles of adult avoidance are discussed

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