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 accessory concept and kinds to try and guide hard relationships to an even more safe and satisfying pattern, so here’s my (sometimes speculative) just just take for each combination kind:

Protected with Secure:

These partners may well have other dilemmas (addiction, distinctions over cash and investing, fairy-tale objectives), but from the entire since they will be both Secure, they tend to communicate well and don’t land in the dysfunctional interaction habits as much. Having their interior feeling of safety makes them less self-centered, and enables greater empathy for his or her partner’s feelings. A feeling of reasonableness and fairness makes every presssing problem they face a little simpler to face together, and relying on one another is much more usually rewarded.

The Preoccupied one will test the persistence associated with the safe one by requiring more communications of reassurance and edging toward anxiety whenever protected one can’t respond quickly or reassuringly. This may have a tendency to drive the protected one toward a more Dismissive attachment style in interactions–despite possessing internal safety, the extortionate needs regarding the Preoccupied would make anyone less patient. If this dilemma just isn’t too severe, 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 safe partner will often feel alone in carrying a lot of the obligation for the relationship’s emotional security. In crisis, the Preoccupied will return to self-centeredness and anxiety, and which will feel to your protected like partner flakeout. If the relationship does well as well as the Preoccupied grow more secure in time, this dilemma will relieve.

Dismissive-Avoidant with Secure:

The Dismissive will have a tendency to drive the protected partner toward attachment anxiety by neglecting to respond well or after all to reasonable messages 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 wanting to react definitely even if he does not really feel just like it, this will probably slowly reorient the Dismissive partner toward as pleasing partners interaction. The Secure partner knows someone better is out there and is not too afraid to give up on a losing relationship if this does not happen, a Secure is more likely to give up on the relationship and move on, since unlike the Preoccupied who often stick with bad relationships.

Fearful-Avoidant with Secure:

It has some similarities because of the Dismissive-Secure pairing, however the lower self-esteem of this Fearful-Avoidant causes it to be much more likely she or he is the anyone to leave the connection whenever it becomes intimate and routine, considering that the closer they get to an actual person the greater afraid they’ve been of loss, and evidently rationalizing their exit as for their partner’s flaws is less painful than they subconsciously imagine being refused by their partner will be.

Dismissive-Avoidant with Anxious-Preoccupied:

This will be a vintage lasting but dysfunctional pairing. The 2 kinds (one under-valuing attachment and one over-valuing accessory) create an interlocking dependency high in panic and anxiety for both. Since the Dismissive might actually prefer having his/her view of other people as needy and clingy verified, and also by the feeling of managing the relationship by doling down simply sufficient responsiveness to help keep the Preoccupied partner off-balance but when you look at the hook, the Dismissive may settle set for the long haul, even though the Preoccupied partner is unhappy with settling for crumbs but sticks around away from concern with being alone, scared of never ever finding another relationship.

This might be one of the more typical (2nd and then Secure-Secure) long-lasting relationship kinds. More with this couple kind: Anxious-Preoccupied / Dismissive-Avoidant Couples: the Silent Treatment, Anxious-Preoccupied: Stuck in the Dismissive?

Fearful-Avoidant with Anxious-Preoccupied:

Notably such as the pairing that is dismissive-Preoccupied but less stable; the avoidant partner will likely be less confident with the constant demands for reassurance through the Preoccupied partner and you will be less inclined to tolerate a lengthy relationship spent fending down closeness. The preoccupied partner will be unhappy and increase the level of requests if the avoidant partner allows real closeness to develop, that triggers his or her anxiety; if they stay at a distance.

Anxious-Preoccupied with Anxious-Preoccupied:

A match that always ends defectively 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 learn how to satisfy each other’s safety requirements, however it is unusual.

Fearful-Avoidant with Dismissive-Avoidant:

Unusual, since neither avoidant type is excellent at good accessory. While one might think both kinds would rather become with increased distancing lovers, the Fearful-Avoidant is certainly not comfortable without closeness and would discover the Dismissive’s lack of positive texting as anxiety-inducing once the other kinds. Meanwhile, the Dismissive partner does not get the maximum amount of ego-boosting attention as he or she’d from another kind, and thus this combination is less inclined to also begin.

Dismissive-Avoidant with Dismissive-Avoidant: