What is Anxious Attachment?
Anxious attachment is a type of insecure attachment style rooted in a fear of abandonment and an insecurity of being underappreciated. People with an anxious attachment style often feel nervous about being separated from their partner.
When people have this attachment style, their inner world feels uncertain so there is little room to be empathic and extend out in their circle of concern.
What Does Anxious Attachment Look Like?
As an adult, anxious attachment style can show up as:
- difficulty trusting others
- low self-worth
- worries that your partners will abandon you
- craving closeness and intimacy
- being overly dependent
- requiring frequent reassurance
- being overly sensitive to a partner’s actions and moods
- being highly emotional, impulsive, unpredictable, and moody
We have a basic need to depend on a partner who is safe and emotionally close. This need is psychological and biological – pre-wired into the limbic brain.
Below are several cards that show what Anxious Attachment looks like and how a securely attached partner behaves in relationship, to both themselves and significant other.
This is an amazing resource reprinted from “thesecurerelationship” found on instagram and created by Julie Menanno LMFT. For a comprehensive set of her “cards” please order her books, which can be found on her website!
- “Raise the Bar”
- Lots of Words
- Listen & Pay Attention to the NEGATIVE (not positive)
- One foot out the Door
EFT – Emotionally Focused Therapy Can Help
- Emotionally Focused Therapy for individuals, couples and families can help restore Secure Attachment
- EFT works with attachment needs, attachment styles, attachment figures to restore safety & security in relationships
- Through organizing & corrective experiences in therapy, EFT reshapes attachment bonds and helps heal and restore Secure Attachment
- We dismantle anxious, avoidant & disorganizing PROTECTIONS (behaviors) to allow clients to send clearer signals to loved ones in order to receive the love, comfort, closeness, security we all deserve