Reactive Attachment Disorder
The article below retrieved in its entirety from http://helpguide.org/mental/eqa_attachment_bond.htm
Have you ever been in love? We all have, at least once. The attachment bond is the term for our first interactive love relationship—the one we had with our primary caregivers as infants, usually our mothers. This mother–child attachment bond shapes an infant’s brain, profoundly influencing your self-esteem, your expectations of others, and your ability to attract and maintain successful relationships. So, the success or failure of your first love—the attachment bond—has a life-long effect on you and your relationships.
By learning about the attachment bond theory and how it profoundly affects adult love relationships, you can build healthier, attuned relationships and communicate more effectively with your significant other.
Attachment, bonding and relationships
You were born preprogrammed to bond with one very significant person—your primary caregiver, probably your mother. Like all infants, you were a bundle of emotions—intensely experiencing fear, anger, sadness, and joy. The emotional attachment that grew between you and your caregiver was the first interactive relationship of your life, and it depended upon nonverbal communication. The bonding you experienced determined how you would relate to other people throughout your life, because it established the foundation for all verbal and nonverbal communication in your future relationships.
Individuals who experience confusing, frightening, or broken emotional communications during their infancy often grow into adults who have difficulty understanding their own emotions and the feelings of others. This limits their ability to build or maintain successful relationships. Attachment—the relationship between infants and their primary caregivers—is responsible for:
* shaping the success or failure of future intimate relationships
* the ability to maintain emotional...