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Attachment Theory and Relationships: What’s Your Style?

Attachment theory can help you figure out your relationships. For this quiz we’re utilizing the work Mary Ainsworth has done in the field of attachment research. She’s the one who identified the four classifications we’re using: securely attached, anxious-preoccupied, dismissive-avoidant, and fearful-avoidant. These all give you insight into how you are in relationships, and how your attachment style impacts other people.

We’ve also published an article outlining how attachment theory relates to relationships. Due to the overwhelming positive response, it was clear that you wanted a way to figure out your own attachment style… And here it is! Answer whether you agree or disagree with each phrase, and we’ll be able to tell how you like to attach.

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  1. To be honest, I’m knowledgeable on Attachment-style theory and feel this quiz doesn’t necessarily deliver on the depth of the assessment that is crucial when trying to determine someone’s general approach into forming relationships with others. There’s simply not enough questions that help create the entire process of assessment feel more precise or accurate. Attachment styles are a dimension, and knowing that there’s a spectrum we have to mimic in other to make our quizzes more reliable sources of information, even if they may be just for fun, we have to be careful to pay attention in asking all sorts of questions relating to the topic, not only the ones that help us categorize individuals. I do like the idea though; the results can sometimes be eye-opening for a lot of people, and in my own experience, I found that it’s helped me notice and mend my faults faster than anything else.

    • I agree, although I felt the quiz result hit me spot on, I was surprised by the lack of questions. It felt to surface level for such an interesting and indepth theory.
      You mentioned that this quiz could be eye opening for individuals, which is so true! You also mentioned that we should be careful to pay attention. What do you think could be beneficial to add to this quiz? Can quizzes like this help promote self diagnosis? But also, what do you believe can be the benefits towards these types of quizzes on a psychology website?

      • Well, I suppose that the introduction of a larger number of questions from the topic could prove to be beneficial to the quiz, serving to its accuracy. I think that a larger number of items could better determine someone’s attachment style, and you would avoid the participants taking the test giving you answers that are either more socially desirable or unrealistic, dishonest to themselves (believe me, people don’t even realize they do this, but as I’ve studied and observed a lot of experimental/testing situations, it’s more than present).
        On the topic of self-diagnosis, I’m not sure that’s always a good thing: its good to be aware of your faults and whatnot, but not to categorize yourself, as in this case, it won’t do you any good. Were there the motivation inclined towards self-growth and improving the quality of one’s attachment to others, I’m all for self-diagnosis here.
        Well, I think I answered your last question more than a few times, as I unfortunately happen to repeat myself without intending to. But in short: to raise awareness of one’s current situation, to help the individual understand themselves better, and to those that are simply curious, to inform.

        Thank you for the questions!

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