Importance Of Attachment In Early Life

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Psychology Assignment. Whilst the process of attachment in early life may appear straightforward, there is however, a number of theories that can explain how this can vary. The development and importance of attachment in early life is well portrayed in psychological theory and in psychological research. The definition of attachment according to Bowlby (1982) (Psychological Science by Michael Gazzaniga Page 366) is that "attachment is a strong, emotional connection that persists over time and across circumstances". In order for a human being to have a successful social life in later years, it is of the utmost importance that emotional bonds act as building blocks for development. After some research in his early works Bowlby found some theories suggesting that "attachment was only a behavioural pattern that is picked up during the progression of growing up and developing in the early months of life, and that it was basically due to a feeding relationship between the young child and the mother/caregiver". However, it became apparent to Bowlby that even feedings did not stop the anxiety children go through when they were separated from their mother/caregivers. Instead, he found that attachment was characterized by clear behavioural and motivation patterns. When children feel fearful or detect danger, they will automatically look for comfort and care from their primary caregiver. ( It has long been established
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