Attachment Type Combinations in Relationships. Anxious-Preoccupied with Secure.

Attachment Type Combinations in Relationships. Anxious-Preoccupied with Secure.

I didn’t go into great detail, mostly because the book is directed at those looking to get into a relationship, not those trying to deal with one they already have while I discuss how the different attachment types fare in relationships with each other in my book (Bad Boyfriends: Using Attachment Theory to Avoid Mr. (or Ms.) Wrong. But we see there is certainly great desire for using attachment concept and kinds to try and guide hard relationships to an even more protected and satisfying pattern, therefore here’s my (sometimes speculative) take for each combination kind:

Safe with Secure:

These couples may well have other issues (addiction, distinctions over cash and investing, fairy-tale objectives), but from the entire they tend to communicate well and don’t end up in the dysfunctional communication patterns as often since they are both Secure. Having their sense that is internal of makes them less self-centered, and permits greater empathy with their partner’s feelings. A feeling of reasonableness and fairness makes every problem they face a little simpler to face together, and relying on one another is more usually rewarded.

The Preoccupied one will test the persistence for the protected one by requiring more communications of reassurance and edging toward anxiety as soon as the safe one can’t respond quickly or reassuringly. This can have a tendency to drive the one that is secure a more Dismissive attachment style in interactions–despite possessing internal protection, the exorbitant needs for the Preoccupied would make anybody less patient. If this dilemma is certainly not too serious, the partner that is secure bring the Preoccupied partner further toward security by constant patient reassurance, even though the Preoccupied one has been unreasonable.

The protected partner will often feel alone in holding a lot of the obligation for the relationship’s emotional security. In crisis, the Preoccupied will return to anxiety and self-centeredness, which will feel to your protected like partner flakeout. This problem will ease if the relationship does well and the Preoccupied grow more secure in time.

Dismissive-Avoidant with Secure:

The Dismissive will have a tendency to drive the protected partner toward accessory anxiety by failing woefully to react well or at all to reasonable communications reassurance that is requesting. An extremely secure partner can gradually change the insecure partner toward more security, but at great cost in patience and effort as with the Preoccupied. In the event that Dismissive recognizes the difficulty and takes some obligation for attempting to respond absolutely even if he does not really feel just like it, this could easily gradually reorient the Dismissive partner toward as pleasing partners interaction. If this doesn’t take place, a protected is more expected to give up the connection and move ahead, since unlike the Preoccupied who frequently stay with bad relationships, the Secure partner knows somebody better is offered and it is maybe not too afraid to stop for a losing relationship.

Fearful-Avoidant with Secure:

It has some similarities utilizing the pairing that is dismissive-Secure nevertheless the lower self-esteem for the Fearful-Avoidant causes it to be much more likely she or he could be the anyone to leave the partnership whenever it becomes intimate and routine, considering that the closer they arrive at an actual person the greater amount of afraid they truly are of loss, and evidently rationalizing their exit as because of their partner’s flaws is less painful than they subconsciously imagine being refused by their partner will be.

Dismissive-Avoidant with Anxious-Preoccupied:

It is a vintage lasting but pairing that is dysfunctional. The 2 kinds (one under-valuing accessory and one over-valuing accessory) create an interlocking dependency high in anxiety and stress for both. The Dismissive may settle in for the long haul, while the Preoccupied partner is unhappy with settling for crumbs but sticks around out of fear of being alone, afraid of never finding another relationship because the Dismissive may actually prefer having his/her view of others as needy and clingy confirmed, and by the sense of controlling the relationship by doling out just enough responsiveness to keep the Preoccupied partner off-balance but in the hook.

This is certainly the most typical (2nd and then Secure-Secure) lasting relationship kinds. More with this few kind: Anxious-Preoccupied / Dismissive-Avoidant Couples: the Silent Treatment, Anxious-Preoccupied: Stuck regarding the Dismissive?

Fearful-Avoidant with Anxious-Preoccupied:

Significantly just like the pairing that is dismissive-Preoccupied but less stable; the avoidant partner is supposed to be less confident with the constant needs for reassurance through the Preoccupied partner and you will be less likely to want to tolerate a lengthy relationship spent fending down closeness. In the event that avoidant partner permits genuine closeness to build up, that creates his / her anxiety; when they remain far away, the Preoccupied partner will undoubtedly be unhappy while increasing the degree of demands.

Anxious-Preoccupied with Anxious-Preoccupied:

A match that always ends poorly and quickly as neither partner is great at anticipating the requirements of the other. It is maybe perhaps not impossible that two mildly Preoccupied people will connect and figure out how to satisfy each other’s safety requirements, however it is uncommon.

Fearful-Avoidant with Dismissive-Avoidant:

Uncommon, since neither avoidant type is great at good accessory. While one might think both kinds would like become with increased distancing lovers, the Fearful-Avoidant isn’t comfortable without closeness and would discover the Dismissive’s lack of good texting as anxiety-inducing because the other styles. Meanwhile, the Dismissive partner does not get just as much ego-boosting attention she would from another type, and so this combination is less likely to even get started as he or.

Dismissive-Avoidant with Dismissive-Avoidant: