2. Assignment: Attachment Style and Relationships

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2. Assignment: Attachment Style and Relationships

Robert Sternberg created his triangular theory of love based on three dimensions: passion, intimacy, and commitment. The degree to which a relationship demonstrates these three dimensions determines the type of love relationship. People begin love relationships with those who care for them as children. These early relationships can have a great effect on their adult relationships.

• Write a 350- to 700-word response summarizing the three dimensions of love and how they interrelate to identify a specific type of love relationship.
• Review the First Attachment exercise on pp. 22–23 of the textbook.
• Write a 700- to 1,050-word response explaining how you believe an individual’s
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Infants and children also rely on care to give them comfort and emotional support. Commitment is the parent being available to the child, being supportive, and being a reassuring parent. When an infant has parents and/or caregivers that are warm and responsive, they tend to have secure attachments. These people feel as though their parents were warm and also knew when to be supportive and when to let them stand on their own two feet. This would be a comfortable relationship with no major disagreements or complaints. If a child feels that their parents were cold and rejecting they will show avoidant attachment. People that feel this way think that their parents were very distant and felt rejected by them. They also feel that they were not a very high priority in their parents’ lives, and that the parent may have wished they would not have had them at all. A child that felt their parents or caregivers were inconsistent when parenting show anxious attachment. When a person shows anxious attachment that parent most likely had their own life that did not include that child most often, and the child sometimes got in the way. These parents may have been warm sometimes but most often not. These parents may have loved their child but they just do not have the best way of showing that love. Children that had secure attachments as a child will most often be secure adults. People often reflect in their adult relationships how their infant and childhood


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