the tendency of human infants and animals to become emotionally close to certain individuals and to be calm and soothed while in their presence. Human infants develop strong emotional bonds with a caregiver, particularly a parent, and attachment to their caregivers is a step toward establishing a feeling of security in the world. When fearful or anxious the infant is comforted by contact with their object. For humans, attachment also involves and affects the tendency in adulthood to seek emotionally supportive relationships.

ATTACHMENT: "A person who was soothed in the presence of a specific other person and felt calm around them, could be said to feel an attachment."
Cite this page: N., Sam M.S., "ATTACHMENT," in, April 7, 2013, (accessed August 18, 2022).


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