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AbstractThis review explains attachment styles and their effects on intimate adult relationships The major attachment styles are secure preoccupied fearful and avoidance There are other styles that expand from these and some researchers may use different names while describing these four Attachment styles can affect many areas of a relationship including predictors of partnership quality measures of relationship satisfaction measures communication skills the perceived closeness since of security and stability conflict management health and stress in relationships Overall attachment styles play a big factor in these areas of a relationship Therefore knowing a persons attachment style could potentially help predict the overall health and satisfaction of a relationshipIntroductionIt is assumed that each individual is able to have a unique bond with all types of people One of four major attachment styles classifies this unique bond or emotional attachment These attachment styles are secure preoccupied avoidance or fearful Bartholomew Horowitz 1991 Hazan Shaver 1987 Peoples general beliefs about the self other people and the nature of relationships depend on attachment styles People are able to have the mixtures of these four attachment styles but usually one is more dominant Attachment styles have been seen throughout a persons life starting with infancy he should attachment style has its own distinct characteristics that could affect his relationship with others More importantly it can affect intimate adult relationships and their success Social psychologists have been interested in how attachment styles affect various aspects of intimate adult relationships after seeing the effects attachment styles have on infants and their mothers Bartholomew Horowitz 1991 Hazan Shaver 1987 Some of these aspects of relationships include predictors of who person will choose to be their partner the quality and satisfaction that someone perceives in a relationship communication skills and sense of security of relationship conflict management and of course health and stress relationships Knowing attachment styles could help predict these outcomes Even though the four basic attachment styles
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