Types of Attachment Styles in Relationships

What is your attachment style? The answer could be the key to your relationship patterns and habits. At PIVOT, we know people attach differently depending on who or what they attach to!  Most people have a common style. So, as you read about attachment styles, think about the various ways you attach!

Your common attachment style often forms early in life and can define your interpersonal relationships. Supportive interactions strengthen attachments, while trauma and betrayal shake relational foundations, making the establishment of stable, reciprocal relationships more challenging. Knowing the types of attachment styles in relationships will help you understand how yours affects your closest connections.

The Four Types of Attachment Styles in Relationships

SECUREA secure attachment style comes from a solid foundation of security and trust that sets the stage for a healthy relationship.

Someone with a secure attachment style may be:

  • Confident
  • Cooperative
  • Flexible
  • Resilient

Possible areas for growth:

  • Learn to empathize with those who have insecure attachment styles
  • Strengthen communication skills
ANXIOUSDespite having the capacity for empathy and strong emotional connections, a person with an anxious attachment style may come across as clingy and lacking boundaries. 

Someone with an anxious attachment style may be:

  • Overly sensitive
  • Insecure
  • Fearful
  • Mistrustful

Possible areas for growth:

  • Learn to identify triggers
  • Set appropriate boundaries
  • Develop a stronger sense of self
AVOIDANTAs a self-protective mechanism, people with an avoidant attachment style prioritize independence and self-reliance over intimacy and commitment.

Someone with an avoidant attachment style may be:

  • Cautious
  • Uncommitted
  • Guarded
  • Aloof

Possible areas for growth:

  • Increase self-awareness
  • Find a balance between self-sufficiency and close interpersonal bonds
AMBIVALENTSometimes referred to as disorganized attachment, an ambivalent style is complicated and may develop when a person experiences inconsistent or chaotic satisfaction of needs in childhood.

Someone with an ambivalent attachment style may be:

  • Conflicted
  • Confused
  • Self-Sabotaging
  • Mistrustful

Possible areas for growth:

  • Learn to love and understand oneself
  • Practice self-regulation (be proactive instead of reactive)

Attachment style deeply influences close relationships, sometimes subconsciously. The first step to healing your relationships is understanding your attachment style and identifying strengths and areas for growth. 

Healing Your Relationships Starts With Understanding Attachment Styles 

Your type of attachment style in relationships may cause you to struggle to make satisfying connections. Fortunately, if you have a less-than-secure attachment style, it is possible to heal and build more secure, adaptive attachments with the proper support. 

Relationship coaching with an evidence-based process can help you overcome insecure attachment styles and facilitate lasting behavioral change. Since each person’s life experiences and attachment styles are unique, the most effective coaching will be customized to your needs

After spending dedicated time engaged in this process, you will better understand yourself and your underlying behavior patterns. If your attachment style is holding you back from having healthy, fulfilling relationships, relational coaching can speed the healing process by providing tools for self-discovery.

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PIVOT offers personalized coaching based on your type of attachment style in relationships. Call  us at 1-855-452-0707 for more information about our high-impact coaching and personal growth retreats. 

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