Attachment refers to the emotional bond formed in infancy with your primary caregiver. This bond influences how you relate to others.
If your primary caretaker made you feel safe and understood as an infant, you likely developed a secure attachment.
Inconsistent or negative emotional communication during infancy can lead to an insecure attachment.
These styles include secure, ambivalent (or anxious-preoccupied), avoidant-dismissive, and disorganized attachment.
People with secure attachment feel safe, stable, and satisfied in their relationships. They don't fear being alone but usually thrive in close, meaningful relationships.
Those with an ambivalent attachment style tend to be overly needy. They crave emotional intimacy but worry that others don't want to be with them.
Adults with an avoidant attachment style are wary of closeness and try to avoid emotional connection with others.