When considering how Attachment adaptations can affect personal relationships, it makes sense that viewing Attachment on a larger scale can provide some insight into how it affects our communities as a whole.
According to a Princeton University study conducted in 2014, as many as 40 percent of children in the US do not develop the Secure Attachment necessary to support proper behavioral and emotional skills. They also have a more difficult time throughout the education process.
Healthy Kids Are More Likely to Cope
When faced with challenging situations, children with Secure Attachment are more likely to respond in a healthy way – developing the ability to self-soothe, enlist help from a trusted adult, and to get the emotional support from a professional, should depression, bipolar disorder, or other mental health conditions arise.
Developing the ability to respond in a healthy way when faced with adversity can mean less acting out or negative responses to stress. This makes it easy to hypothesize that violence against individuals or the community may partially stem from the inability to effectively manage emotional trauma or challenges, especially when combined with a predisposition to emotional or mental disorders.
The ability to relate with a wide variety of individuals comfortably and with confidence can mean a more connected, tolerant, and harmonious community in general. When we can meet our own needs or are comfortable asking for our needs to be met, we can more clearly see the struggle of others and lend our support.
Healthy Attachment – One Aspect of Success
As humans, we have a strong urge to succeed, feel useful, and to achieve our full potential. When encumbered by Insecure Attachment adaptations, surviving emotionally on a day-to-day basis means that much of our energy is consumed in survival mode.
Successful interpersonal relationships and our relationship with ourselves, our pasts, and hope for the future frees up energy to be effective socially, professionally, and personally.
Supporting Healthy Attachment through Adulthood
When considering emerging information regarding Attachment theory, learning to work with Insecure Attachment adaptations in children and adults can mean that we open the door to lower that shockingly large percentage of the population who do not experience Secure Attachment.
By healing ourselves we can heal our communities as a whole more effectively. This may seem like a tall order, but with the many resources, therapists, and growing awareness around Attachment, it is possible to make great steps toward Secure Attachment at any age.
Would You Like to Learn More?
Are you a therapist, bodyworker, or coach seeking to support others in developing Healthy Attachment? Trauma Solutions offers live (Dynamic Attachment Re-patterning experience, or DARe) and online trainings that range from introductory to our full Certificate Program. Join us on Facebook or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more.
Most of our programs are open to both professionals and individuals because developing Secure Attachment can mean a healthier and more fulfilling future.