Today’s “Reading that Resonates” is from chapter 20, page 437, of the Handbook of Attachment.
“Attachment bonds have four defining features: “proximity maintenance,” “separation distress,” “safe haven,” and “secure base.” ”
As I understand the terms, a paraphrase might be something like…
“Our deepest connections will have four distinct features. We will:
- tend to seek each other out
- become distressed if we can’t readily connect
- feel safer/calmer when we do connect, and, somewhat ironically,
- tend to explore/stretch more on our own if we know the other “has our back.”
These four features will be especially evident during times of distress. As infants, these deep, secure connections are almost always child-parent connections. As adults, the same holds true for our strongest peer connections, especially with our romantic partner.
This reading resonated with me because:
- it is at the root of understanding secure & insecure attachment behaviors. There are so many connections to other things I’m reading and our podcasts.
- given these pillars, it isn’t hard to imagine ways of destroying attachment bonds by “kicking them over.” As such, the definition is a great touchstone for looking at why a relationship might not be working.
Can you think of someone in your life with whom you have an attachment bond? Think “Who would I turn to?”