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Some things you should know at the end of this lesson:
AN example of Social referencing-- here
Julia looks to her father for a cue as to whether it is safe to chase after
the cat. According to research reviewed in your textbook, if he looks frightened,
she is likely to stop, but if his facial expression is excited or amused
she is more likely to continue crawling after it.----->
Attachment has been defined as an affectional bond that endures across space and time.A definition I like better is "the recognition of one person as special among all others." For example, if your mother walked into a crowded classroom and sat down, you would have an emotional response - physiologically, your arousal level would increase - if you were almost asleep, you would suddenly begin to pay a little more attention to what was going on around you. There would most likely be a psychological response; you would feel surprised and somewhat pleased to see your mom. On the other hand, none of the rest of the people in the room would notice her at all.
Infants who are 'securely attached' have successfully developed what Erikson referred to as trust.(See your textbook for a description of the different types of attachment).
Secure attachment is related to successful adjustment later in life, from showing less aggression and fewer behavior problems in preschool to better relationships as an adult.
One book I like on the correlation of attachment with later personality development is If this is love, why do I feel so insecure?"
Click here for an optional (but very interesting link) to the web page for the author of this book.
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