Patterns of Attachment

Four patterns of attachment have been described which typify the individual's usual position in relationship with others.

Secure Pattern

This pattern takes the form of the individual valuing both himself and others positively. It is suggested as being consistent with a normal, healthy personality.

Fearful Pattern

This pattern takes the form of the individual valuing herself and others negatively. This is suggested as being consistent with Paranoid, Schizotypal, and Obsessive-Compulsive Personality Disorders.

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Preoccupied Pattern

This pattern takes the form of the individual valuing himself negatively and others positively. This is suggested as being consistent with Avoidant, Dependent, Histrionic, and Borderline Personality Disorders.

Dismissive Pattern

This pattern takes the form of the individual valuing herself positively and others negatively. This is suggested as being consistent with Narcissistic, Antisocial, and Schizoid Personality Disorders.

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