If you've suffered from anxiety, depression or relationship problems, a psychological theory called'attachment theory' can help you get to the root cause of your difficulties and give you a greater understanding of what's going on. Attachment theory was developed by British psychiatrist John Bowlby in the 1960s. The theory explains how our brains are programmed to help us survive and thrive in the environment we are born into. Our self-esteem, ability to control our emotions and the quality of our relationships are all affected by our attachment style. We've known for over 50 years that attachment styles can predict and explain children's behaviour.
Humans are interesting combinations of mammalian drives such as feeding, child rearing, and group affiliation, with high level cognitive capabilities such as language and planning. In this position paper, I argue that the attachment behavior system is an interesting boundary case to examine because, while attachment in young children is extremely similar attachment behavior in other primates, it develops alongside high level cognition to quickly incorporate human-specific skills such as language. This makes it hard to fit cleanly into most agent architectures. Most agent architectures are understandably designed on functionalist grounds. That is, starting from some general theory of rational activity, the designer breaks the problem of action into subproblems like sensory-motor control, planning, etc. in whatever manner seems most sensible.
Needy women really do put off potential male partners. Girlfriends who are clingy and distrustful - even if their feelings are only temporary - can cause their boyfriends to feel anxious about their relationship. But the same does not apply for girlfriends dealing with needy boyfriends, the research found. Scientists suggest this may be because women have a greater desire to look after their partners emotional needs. Needy women put off potential male partners, but the same cannot be said for over-attached men, new research has found.
Whether you're confident and secure, or shy and anxious, how you form personal relationships depends on what's known as'attachment style.' This trait is thought to play a critical role in close bonds, including romantic and familial relationships, and according to new research, it may dictate our behaviour across social media as well. The study found that people with an anxious attachment style tend to push others away, causing ties with people in their networks to dissolve – but, those who are secure are likely to better manage their connections, and reap more benefits. Whether you're confident and secure, or anxious and avoidant, how you form personal relationships depends on what's known as'attachment style.' According to a new study, people who have higher anxiety are more likely to dissolve ties on social media.