Understanding Attachment - The Fundamentals of Human Psychology

How to meet the "unmet need" in children

"We’re only as needy as our unmet needs"

John Bowlby

Forming connections with others is as fundamental as needing food and water. Brain imaging shows that we “default” to social thinking when we are resting eg. what they meant when they said that, what will she think if I fail, what will I wear? From an evolutionary perspective, this “default mechanism” means socialization has been prioritized. This proves a link to survival! When social bonds are threatened or severed, we suffer greatly: the impact is equal to that of physical pain. Broken social bonds in childhood can lead to long-term health and educational problems. When it comes to children, meeting their needs for connectedness and attachment are foundational for healthy development. Taking the time to meet children’s needs when they are young will help reduce the behaviour that comes from having a need to unmet.

On this course, we will cover:

  • What is attachment theory and why is it important?
  • The history of child attachment theory
  • The Strange Situation test
  • The 4 key types of attachment in human psychology
  • Influences on attachment styles
  • Attachment and how this impacts us in later life


Your Instructor

Lorraine Lynch
Lorraine Lynch

Lorraine Lynch is CEO and Founder of the Child Psychology Institute. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychological Studies and English, a Higher Diploma in Psychology and a Masters of Science in Health Psychology. Lorraine is also the author of two books designed to promote children’s wellness - #100happydays4kids and Closing Saor’s Day.

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