“Avoidant” | Jeb Kinnison
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An avoidantly attached boy […] will probably learn to disguise his care seeking, He may become adept at using various forms of control to get another person to be there for him; he may seek out people whose needs are more apparent and who give without having to be asked.
Some said they worked too hard to have time for socializing, others that they preferred to work alone.
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Not surprisingly, their incomes were as high as the secures, but their satisfaction was as low as [the preoccupied. In dating, avoidants can be charming and have learned all the social graces—they often know how they are expected to act in courtship and can play the role well for a time. But lacking a positive view of attached others, they expect relationships to fulfill a romantic ideal which no real human being can create for them, so all fall short and are discarded when it becomes inconvenient to continue.
Typically as the relationship ages, avoidants will begin to find fault and focus on petty shortcomings of their partner.
Once you have read this book, you will likely be aware of the missing signals and the many small clues that the avoidant is not committing to you or anyone any time soon, but those who are unaware of this type will usually soldier on, not trusting their own feeling that something about Prince Charming is not quite right.
The dismissive-avoidant is afraid of and incapable of tolerating true intimacy. Since he was brought up not to depend on anyone or reveal feelings that might not be acceptable to caregivers, his first instinct when someone gets really close to him is to run away.
Superficially the dismissive as opposed to the fearful-avoidant thinks very highly of himself, and is likely to pin any blame for relationship troubles on his partners; but underneath especially in the extreme form we label narcissismthere is such low self esteem that at his core he does not feel his true self is worthy of love and attention.
Should a partner penetrate his armor, unconscious alarm bells go off and he retreats to either aloneness or the safety of companionship with others who do not realize he is not what he appears to be on the surface.
The dismissive attempts to limit his level of exposure to partners by manipulating his response, commonly by failing to respond to messages requesting assurance.
In big and small ways, dismissives let you know that you are low on their priority list, and your inner emotional state is your problem—when you are with one, you are really still alone, in an attachment sense. By only partly participating in the normal message-response of the attached, they subconsciously limit the threat another poses to their independence.
Levine and Heller have a useful list of distancing behaviors also called deactivating strategies: The more extreme avoidants are almost incapable of talking about their feelings; whatever feelings they do have access to are primarily negative and they have great difficulty describing them verbally.
The worst cases can only express themselves with inchoate rages and tantrums, or unexplained physical symptoms like stomach pains and adrenalin rushes. The most compelling theory of how consciousness arose has between-person communication primitive language giving rise to internal communication, so that what we see as a stream of consciousness is actually internal dialogue, talking to yourself. If one is very poor at doing this, one would tend to note feelings only as manifested in somatic symptoms like fast heart rate, discomfort, loss of energy, nervousness, etc.
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This is why talking to someone about how you feel or writing about it is also training for being conscious of feelings internally. This kills love, and kills the ability of their partner to fight off viruses and cancers.
The dismissive avoidant may pursue a partner in the beginning, being charming and interesting in courtship, and may enjoy thrill of hunt and capture. After acting very interested in the beginning, they may suddenly become cold or emotionally distant, leaving their partners confused and distressed. The partner may wonder if the original attraction a lie.
Not exactly, as lying has awareness. The avoidant has a lack of emotional connection to memories which allows for an inconsistency of feeling that is hard for us to understand. A normie would think it was odd to randomly change their feelings from wanting to rejecting, but the avoidant is not conscious of a remembered landscape of feeling.
The avoidant often thinks of himself as self contained, logical and fair, and becomes tired of what he sees as unreasonable demands for support.
Deprecating, verbal expressions of indifference and contempt is indirect aggression, as a way of indirectly blaming their partner for being so weak as to need support. They want to be left alone and feel provoked.
As a result, the avoidant withdraws, physically by leaving or mentally by checking out. Early in the relationship there may be a pressing pretext such as work, or they may just leave with no reasons. The avoidant often wants to reestablish their independence by refusing requests, which gives them a sense of controlling the depth of the relationship they require to feel safe.
They may do this passively, by conveniently forgetting requests, making subtle attacks, seeming to be cooperating but somehow never get around to doing their part. This is dysfunctional communication, absent of responding honestly and supporting. This withholding of responses is alienating to significant others.
For someone in a relationship with an avoidant, it is easy to become clingy, demanding and stuck in an unsatisfying communication pattern.
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When their partner is non-responsive, their protests intensify, there may be difficulties managing anger, and they may strike out as a mean to regain proximity.
The psychologically abusive attitudes and actions of the avoidant can cause the other partner to react aggressively. Requests for reassurances are not met and the partner becomes increasingly distressed, with the avoidant unable to respond soothingly. In attachment, a lack of responsiveness eventually leads to distancing behaviour, a lowering of expectations and breakdown of relationship communication.
This forms an interlocking dependency full of stress. While the dismissive enjoys control and confirmation of beliefs, as well as the ego-boosting and so may settle inthe anxious sticks around unhappy with feeding on crumbs.
Real closeness triggers the avoidants anxiety, and their distancing triggers requests from their increasingly anxious partner.
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In crisis, the preoccupied anxious will revert back into self-centredness and anxiety. Over time this problem can ease. Anxious ambivalent or anxious avoidant individuals attachment styles are also formed during infancy, and these are reinforced and exacerbated in relationship with an avoidant.
This reluctance makes vulnerable for abuse and they require a supportive network to help them leave. It is important for these partners to quit when opportunity cost outweighs investment cost, and to quit if not satisfied.
This may require compromise and restructuring, as well as developing a shared vocabulary to understand and address what is happening. Good relationship requires sustained hard work and a generous spirit.
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Self-reflective reappraisal might not work, as there is no down regulation of amygdala reactivity. It is necessary to make the avoidant conscious of distancing behaviour and his fear of intimacy. A good strategy involves teaching them to use empathy, explain how it hurts and asking them to consider family and friends feelings.
Attachment is a messy experience that comes from a limbic bond to change it, it takes practice to form attachment bonds.
This level of self is like wandering in a museum in the dark, where anything could exist and you can never sure of what sensed. This involves enrolling friends and family, to talk about it with others and build internal understanding; This exchange of views is what makes closeness and intimacy so valuable for health and actualisation.
The avoidant has blocked emotional memories and denial of needs for attachment. It is important to find a therapist with a good understanding of attachment, to provide a realism of expectations and actions the individual has taken.
Therapy is a process, a journey together. For the individual, seeing their interior thoughts and feelings through eyes of therapist can help pull ship of emotional life to a calmer shore. Reqiring limbic attractors means living it. This provides a temporary residence to alter and overthrow the previous patterns. Therapy is the ultimate inside job. Understanding that others actions are usually not an attentional assault on you.
What can an avoidant do to be more comfortable? Attachment orientated therapist 2. Reparent yourself, care and love to self, sensitive and supportive. Bring security and insight 3. Talk about how you really feel. Regular time, be kind and honest What can their partner do? Where possible protect yourself, approach him differently, give him space.
Use tools to ignore the feeling of anxiety. Sometimes needed to ask for reassurance. Develop outside friends and others to rely on, and find tools and ways to cope. Consider the good things he does and develop and focus on gratitude.
These numbers are larger within the single population. For anxious individuals, insecurities will build in the absence of reassurance. They can then damage to social ties by acting clinging, controlling and possessive. Fear of abandonment is self-fulfilling.