Understanding the Dismissive Avoidant Attachment Style: Insights and Tips

This article is a summary of the YouTube video ‘Dismissive Avoidant Attachment Style’ by MedCircle

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Dismissive avoidant attachment style: independent, work-oriented, distant from emotions.

Key Insights

  • Dismissive avoidant attachment style is characterized by showing little distress when a primary caregiver leaves and not running to them when they return.
  • Dismissive avoidant adults tend to be highly independent, workaholics, and avoid intense emotions.
  • They are comfortable being by themselves and invest less in their emotional life and deeper attachments.
  • This attachment style is often influenced by parents who communicate that negative emotions should not be expressed or by highly industrial parents who prioritize work over relationships.
  • Dismissive avoidant individuals tend to do well in the work environment, choosing independent and leadership positions.
  • They tend to have difficulties in intimate relationships, particularly with anxious-preoccupied individuals who have a higher need for nurturance.
  • It is important for dismissive avoidant individuals to practice flexing their emotional muscle, sitting with distress, and valuing emotions and relationships beyond work.
  • Parents with dismissive avoidant attachment styles should encourage their children to express all emotions, both positive and negative, and teach coping skills.

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Dr. Judy, what is a dismissive avoidant attachment style?

So the dismissive avoidant attachment style in the Mary Ainsworth study, they showed very little distress when their primary caregiver left, kind of just kept playing by themselves. And then when the primary caregiver returned, they kind of acknowledged them, but they kind of also didn’t run to them really. They just sort of kept doing their own thing. And oftentimes they might even be sort of indiscriminate in terms of their affection towards their primary caregiver versus maybe the stranger that was in the room during this experiment. And as adults, dismissive avoidant types tend to be highly independent. They’re highly industrial, meaning that sometimes they’re workaholics and they don’t love intense emotion. When somebody shows a lot of intense emotion, whether it’s a partner or a friend, they tend to kind of go away from that a little bit. They kind of make an excuse to not get too involved. And generally, they are really comfortable being by themselves and they tend to invest less in their emotional life and also in deeper attachments to people than the average person.

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This article is a summary of the YouTube video ‘Dismissive Avoidant Attachment Style’ by MedCircle