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It is an untenable position from which the child’s dependency on the parent affords no escape. Little won- The Foundations of Attachment Theory 23 der, then, that the result of such a terrifying “biological paradox” is disorganization and/or disorientation. , 1989). Moreover, disorganized infants were disproportionately represented in high-risk samples involving families burdened by the stressors of poverty, psychiatric illness, substance abuse, and the like. Strikingly, however, disorganization was also found among infants who were neither maltreated nor drawn from high-risk samples.
Unhappily, the reunions seemed neither to ameliorate the ambivalent infants’ distress nor to terminate their preoccupation with mother’s whereabouts. It was as if—even in her presence—these infants were seeking a mother who wasn’t there. Ainsworth found, in fact, that the ambivalent babies were the offspring of mothers who were, at best, unpredictably and occasionally available. , 1978). Communication Is Key In differentiating between security and the varieties of insecurity, Ainsworth discovered that in the attachment relationship it was the quality of communication between infant and caregiver that was of paramount importance.
Wheww. Sit up lion. Child 3 (Ambivalent in infancy): Chase them. Chase who? Their dad and mom in his new toy car—he’s psssshh—run right off. Then what’s gonna happen? And then he’s gonna, then he is gonna . . toss a bow and arrow and shoot them. Shoot his mom and dad? Yeah. If he want to, maybe. Child 4 (Disorganized in infancy): Probably gonna hide away. Gonna hide away? Yeah. Then what’s gonna happen? He’ll probably get locked up in his closet. ] Locked up in his closet? Yeah, I was locked up in a closet.
Attachment in Psychotherapy by David J. Wallin PhD