Attachment theory and emotions in close relationships
In this article, the authors explore the attachment theory and that of emotions in close relationships. The authors argue that individuals who are raised in a security-inducing parental care portray a wider range of emotions. The emotions range from happiness, admiration, gratitude, pride to compassion, guilt, and anger. In addition, their emotional reactions reflect a stronger tendency to maintain and enhance relationship quality and partner’s welfare, overcome relational obstacles, restore emotional equanimity, restore stability in a relationship, and encourage a partner’s personal development. In contrast, an insecurely attached individual would exhibit narrower range of emotions. Whereas a avoidant person’s personality will largely consist of defensive self-enhancement and negative feelings toward a partner. The anxiously attached individual will tend to be overwhelmed by distress-related feelings during negative relational episodes and to express ambivalent blends of positive and negative emotions during a positive relational episode.
-Shao Chien Lin (Tim Lin)