Walking a security tightrope: Relationship induced changes in attachment security

Arriaga, Ximena B. and Kumashiro, Madoka. 2019. Walking a security tightrope: Relationship induced changes in attachment security. Current Opinion in Psychology, 25, pp. 121-126. ISSN 2352-250X [Article]

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Little is known about how romantic relationships enhance long-term attachment security. Change is likely to involve revising deep-seated beliefs and expectations regarding one’s self as being unworthy and others as untrustworthy (insecure internal working models). When individuals become anxious, partners can provide immediate reassurance, but the path to long-term security may hinge on addressing the individual’s insecure self-perceptions; when individuals become avoidant, partners can “soften” interactions that involve relational give-and-take, but long-term security may hinge on instilling positive associations with interdependence and trust. As described in the Attachment Security Enhancement Model (ASEM), relationships can afford optimal interactions that involve two processes working in tandem:

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The writing of this paper was supported by funding to both authors from the National Science Foundation (No. 15076506) and the Economic and Social Research Council (No. ES/N013182/1).

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February 2019Published
27 April 2018Published Online
May 2018Accepted

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18 Nov 2019 09:32

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09 Jun 2021 12:45

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