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Relationships: in psychology, relationships refer to connections between individuals involving emotional, social, or romantic bonds. Studied extensively, relationships explore factors like communication, attachment, and interpersonal dynamics. See also Social relations, Friendship, Affectional bond, Attachment theory, Communication.
Annotation: The above characterizations of concepts are neither definitions nor exhausting presentations of problems related to them. Instead, they are intended to give a short introduction to the contributions below. – Lexicon of Arguments.

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John Bowlby on Relationships - Dictionary of Arguments

Corr I 230
Relations/Bowlby/attachment theory/Shaver/Mikulincer: “attachment figures”: During infancy, primary care-givers (usually one or both parents but also grandparents, older siblings, daycare workers) are likely to occupy the role of attachment figure. During adolescence and adulthood, other relationship partners often become targets of proximity and support-seeking, including close friends and romantic partners. Teachers and supervisors in academic settings or therapists in clinical settings can also serve as real or potential sources of comfort and support, and therefore can be treated as attachment figures.
Moreover, groups, institutions and symbolic personages (e.g., God, the Buddha or the Virgin Mary) can be recruited as attachment figures. They form what Bowlby (1982/1969)(1) called a person’s hierarchy of attachment figures.

1. Bowlby, J. 1982. Attachment and loss, vol. I, Attachment, 2nd edn. New York: Basic Books (original edn 1969)

Phillip R. Shaver and Mario Mikulincer, “Attachment theory: I. Motivational, individual-differences and structural aspects”, in: Corr, Ph. J. & Matthews, G. (eds.) 2009. The Cambridge Handbook of Personality Psychology. New York: Cambridge University Press

Explanation of symbols: Roman numerals indicate the source, arabic numerals indicate the page number. The corresponding books are indicated on the right hand side. ((s)…): Comment by the sender of the contribution. Translations: Dictionary of Arguments
The note [Concept/Author], [Author1]Vs[Author2] or [Author]Vs[term] resp. "problem:"/"solution:", "old:"/"new:" and "thesis:" is an addition from the Dictionary of Arguments. If a German edition is specified, the page numbers refer to this edition.
Bowlby, John
Corr I
Philip J. Corr
Gerald Matthews
The Cambridge Handbook of Personality Psychology New York 2009

Corr II
Philip J. Corr (Ed.)
Personality and Individual Differences - Revisiting the classical studies Singapore, Washington DC, Melbourne 2018

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