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Attachment Style, Working Models, and Communication

Attachment Style, Working Models, and Communication

Attachment style, working models, and communication

Working Models of Attachment

As we discuss in Chapter 1, the concept of inner working models is central to Bowlby's (1969) theory of attachment. These inner working models (or mental representations) are proposed by Bowlby as the mechanism by which early attachment experiences affect a person throughout life. Bowlby postulates that, to be able to predict and manage their world, individuals need both a model of their environment (environmental model) and a model of their own skills and potentialities (organismic model). Bowlby sees these inner working models as analogous to maps and plans, being used to simulate and predict the behavior of others in social interaction, as well as to plan one's own behavior ...

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