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By Omri Gillath

Adult Attachment: A Concise advent to idea and learn is an easy-to-read and hugely available reference on attachment that bargains with some of the key recommendations and issues studied inside attachment concept. This booklet is made out of a sequence of chapters framed via universal questions which are regularly requested by way of beginners getting into the sector of attachment. The content material of every bankruptcy makes a speciality of answering this overarching query.

Topics at the improvement of attachment are coated from varied degrees of research, together with species, person, and courting degrees, operating versions of attachment, attachment capabilities and hierarchies, attachment balance and alter over the years and throughout occasions, dating contexts, the cognitive underpinnings of attachment and its activation of enhancement through priming, the interaction among the attachment behavioral process and different behavioral platforms, the consequences of context on attachment, the contribution of physiology/neurology and genetics to attachment, the associations/differences among attachment and temperament, the conceptualization and dimension of attachment, and the organization among attachment and psychopathology/therapy.

  • Uses a question-and-answer layout to handle crucial themes inside of attachment theory
  • Presents info in an easy, easy-to-understand strategy to verify accessibility for rookies within the box of attachment
  • Covers the most recommendations and matters that relate to attachment thought, hence making sure readers strengthen a robust beginning in attachment idea that they could then practice to the examine of relationships
  • Addresses destiny instructions within the box of attachment theory
  • Concisely covers fabric, making sure students and pros can fast get up-to-speed with the latest learn

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28 Adult Attachment But such an investigation would leave many questions unanswered. Although such a study would help us better understand whether loss, compared to nonloss, predicts such seemingly irrational behavior, it would not shed light on another form of “why”—why is it that people grieve as opposed to, say, simply “move on,” in the way they might do if they lost a pencil. That is, knowing the proximal cause of grief does not provide a full explanation for it; it doesn’t capture the meaning behind the behavior.

However, the majority of them continue to use their parents—and their mothers in particular—as a primary attachment figure (see Markiewicz, Lawford, Doyle, & Haggart, 2006; and Rosenthal & Kobak, 2010, for similar findings). Empirical Research on Attachment Transfer in Early Adulthood There is a growing body of research on attachment figures in college-aged populations. Although college students tend to be the “default” population used in psychological research due to convenience, they are an important population for the study of attachment transfer because the majority of college students are between the ages of 18 and 22 and are living away from home for the first 38 Adult Attachment significant period of time in their lives (Larose & Boivin, 1998; Lopez & Gormley, 2002).

Attachment theory is one of the few modern psychological theories that might be considered a “grand theory” in the spirit of personality theories from yesteryears. Indeed, this may be one reason the theory is so popular. In this final section we briefly consider three features that tend to set attachment theory apart from other theories in contemporary psychology. Multiple Levels of Analysis and Scientific Explanation Over 50 years ago, Tinbergen (1963), one of the pioneers of evolutionary approaches to the study of behavior, argued that it is necessary to address four questions when trying to explain behavioral phenomena: those concerning causation (ie, what environmental or physiological mechanisms control behavior), ontogeny (ie, how does the behavioral pattern develop), function (ie, how does the behavior contribute to fitness and what kinds of adaptive problems does it solve), and evolution or phylogeny (ie, how did the behavior evolve over evolutionary history)?

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