The advantages of secure attachment

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Research has shown that a secure attachment is the best possible foundation for healthy physical, emotional, intellectual, and social development. A securely attached baby is curious and outgoing, freely able to explore his or her environment. We know now that a secure attachment greatly facilitates learning.

Children who are securely attached tend to be more socially constructive and less aggressive in their behavior, are more empathetic, show greater creativity and persistence in meeting life’s challenges, learn more easily, and are generally better able to cope with difficulties than are children who are insecurely attached.

The advantages of secure attachment continue to be felt throughout a person’s life. Secure emotional attachment strengthens people’s ability to create a strong social network, and to build in a stable and positive bond and relationship with a partner.