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4 types of attachment styles in relationships, which one is yours? | The Times of India

Attachment styles in relationships are the patterns of how we connect, bond, and interact with our partners. The attachment theory is developed by British psychiatrist John Bowlby and American psychologist Mary Ainsworth. According to their study, our relationship with our primary caretakers in our childhood (read parents), which was our first relationship in life, has a huge impact on how we bond with our partner in adult life.

Psychologists Mary Ainsworth and others have identified different attachment styles based on observations in children, and it is later applied to adults by researchers including Cindy Hazan and Phillip Shaver. Here we list down the four main attachment styles that are seen in most adults. Which one is yours? Identifying your attachment style will help you understand yourself and your relationship with your partner better.

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