City Observer Newsletter 11 February 2016

In research with Swinburne University and with research author Bethany Parris, data was collected from parents’ and their childrens’ Emotional Intelligences in 2010. In this research, Attachment Theory has four theoretical attachment styles: 1. Secure – the parent was sensitive and responsive to their child’s signals. The child associates love with trust, friendship, and positive emotion.  2. and 3. Resistant and or Avoidant – the parent was slow or inconsistent in responding with their infant’s cries. The child’s perception of love is as preoccupying, and almost a painfully exciting struggle to merge with another person.  4. Disorganised – the child’s parent consistently rebuffed the infant’s attempts to establish physical contact. The child associates love with fear of closeness and a lack of trust. 

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