One of the most primary human needs is to have a secure emotional connection, an attachment, with those who are the closest to us—our parents, children, lovers, and partners. Attachment theory helps explain how all couples, healthy or not, need to depend on each other. This theoretical perspective can shed light on why problems emerge in relationships, on why people behave the way they do in relationships, and one who is at most risk for relationship problems. The goal of all attachment relationships is felt security. Attachment theory is a systemic theory that has emerged as a tool for describing the deeper roots of close relationships. Prior to the inception of this theory, treatment with couples employed the therapy models designed for families. The trouble ...

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