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Adult Attachment and Strategic RelationalCommunication Love Schemas and Affinity SeekingAccording to attachment theory the emotional bonds that infants form with their caregivers serve as the blueprints for the way people view themselves and others and they affect the way people act in their adult relationships Bowlby 1982 John Bowlby was one of the first pioneers to advance on the attachment theory perspective He was greeted with resistance and skepticism early on Now attachment theory concepts are widely known and accepted in developmental psychology West and Sheldon-Keller 1994 The article Im critiquing involves attachment theory the six love schemas and how they affect adult relationships In this paper I will be looking at those concepts through 4 sections the literary review the methods section the results of the study and the discussion section The main idea of this article Adult Attachment and Strategic Relational Communication Love Schemas and Affinity Seeking is that attachment theory begins with attachment styles as an infant It then begins to play with the idea that attachment theory is based on peoples positive or negative self-esteem People who are secure are comfortable forming close and intimate relationships because they have positive beliefs about themselves and others Dismissing and fearful types avoid intimate relationships because they have negative perceptions about themselves and others Bachman Zakahi 2000 This conceptual framework is widely used to describe attachment theory and its sub-points Those with an attachment theory perspective believe that the attachment system is an independent behavioral system equivalent in function to other drive-behavioral systems such as feeding mating and exploration Sperling Berman 1994 According to West Sheldon-Keller most adults plan their lives on the basis of an anticipated future with a special other in the expectation of finding security in a permanent relationship This places one of the emphases of attachment theory upon the search for security and implies that not all attachment relationships are secure Consistent with this West Sheldon-Keller
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