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childhood attachment and maladaptive traits Free

Posted by violette on September 2, 2010, at 23:18:31

In reply to Re: personality disorders. violette, posted by Free on September 2, 2010, at 3:01:44

Hi Free,

Glad it helped you see things in a new way. :)

Here's an article that explains how people develop maladaptive traits from childhood:

http://www.heartcenteredtherapies.org/go/docs/Journal%205-1%20Attachment.pdf

I didn't read through the whole thing-it's long! But I scanned through it..it does show how people develop maladaptive traits from childhood, which end up becoming long-standing emotional issues in adulthood. It also discusses adult losses related to whatever childhood attachment pattern is developed. Your personality as an adult has alot to do with how your parents related to you during childhood.

Often, an insecure childhood attachment can lead to PD traits, not PDs. They are really called maladaptive traits; the reason I say 'PD traits' is only because I'm not sure if people would know what I'm talking about. Of course, they can become PDs as well. But maladaptive traits are what are often known as avoidant, OCPD, borderline, narcissistic, etc., traits-and we all have some mixture of them, but to different degrees.

I have a disorganized attachment myself, but there really is no distinct diagnosis that correlates with my overall symptom history other than C-PTSD, which only fits sometimes, while other times, just GAD or panic attacks. I don't even think my therapist recognizes C-PTSD or knows much about it-but he doesn't need to anyway as his training/education in childhood development is inclusive of all those issues. In extreme form, someone who had a disorganized childhood attachment often expresses as borderline as an adult.

Hope you had a better day today!
Violette

 

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