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Attachment Style Test

How do you behave in relationships with others?

This Attachment Style Test is based on The Experiences in Close Relationships- Revised Adult Attachment Questionnaire (Fraley, Waller, and Brennan, 2000) and the work of John Bowlby and Mary Ainsworth. This test will help you discover your predominant type in your behavior with your loved ones.

Attachment Theory: The 4 Attachment Styles

Attachment theory in psychology originates from the work of the British psychiatrist John Bowlby. Based on his experience working with children, he suggested the theory explaining how seriously a childhood experience of building close attachments influences the rest of a person's life. Bowlby identified three main types of behavior:

  • Secure attachment: children grew up in a healthy, trusting atmosphere and felt safe being taken care of by their parents;
  • Anxious-resistant attachment (also referred to as preoccupied): children were experiencing stress trying to get their parents' attention and build trust in their relationship.
  • Avoidant attachment: children were instilled with the maximum level of independence and separation from their parents.

Later, other researchers suggested adding a fourth type of behavior - the disorganized-disoriented attachment (also referred to as fearful-avoidant) style. This type of behavior combines a lack of self-confidence, characteristic of the anxious-resistant attachment style, and the reluctance to establish close relationships, characteristic of the avoidant attachment style. (Kennedy & Kennedy, 2004).

Experiences in close relationships scale

Thanks to the work of scientists such as R. Chris Fraley, Kelly Brennan, Catherine Clark, and Phillip Shaver, the attachment theory was taken one more step further. New research has applied knowledge of childhood attachment to romantic and intimate relationships we get into as adults.

Instructions

You will be asked 50 questions; answer honestly, without thinking for too long. Note this test is intended solely for informational, educational and entertainment purposes; its results cannot replace the real help of a specialist and should not be used for making any decision or as a specialist's advice.

1. My wants and needs have never come first for my parents/caregivers.
2. My parents/caregivers taught me to rely on my own forces.
3. My parents/caregivers often set other children as examples for me.
4. My parents/caregivers tried their best to protect me from danger.
5. I grew up as an insecure child.
6. During my childhood, my parents/caregivers often helped me cope with stress and overcome difficulties.
7. My parents/caregivers or one of them couldn't give me enough attention.
8. As a child, I was uncomfortable discussing my problems and worries with my parents/caregivers.
9. As a child, I often experienced envy of other children.
10. My parents/caregivers expected independence and restraint from me and encouraged it.
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