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Internal Working Models in Relationships


Couples Counselling to Strengthen Your Bond

Attachment theory has offered profound insights into how early experiences shape our emotional bonds throughout life.

At its core lies the concept of Internal Working Models, mental frameworks that guide our expectations, behaviours, and emotional responses in relationships.

Internal Working Models resemble a complex mosaic formed from experiences that shape our perceptions and relationship approaches.

Rooted in our earliest interactions, particularly with primary caregivers, these models are influenced by the quality of care, responsiveness, and emotional attunement received during infancy and childhood.

Attachment theory categorizes individuals into three main attachment styles – secure, anxious-resistant, and avoidant – each shaped by their Internal Working Models.

These models significantly influence adult relationships, affecting interpretations of others’ behaviours, conflict responses, and intimacy comfort levels.

However, these models are not fixed and can evolve through self-awareness and conscious efforts to modify them.

Understanding one’s attachment style and the Internal Working Model fosters healthier relationships.

Recognizing negative patterns and actively working to reshape these models involves self-reflection, effective communication, and seeking therapy, leading to healing and growth.

The intricate Internal Working Models, woven from early interactions, are pivotal in shaping relationship outlooks.

Through self-awareness, empathy, and a willingness to evolve, individuals can rewrite these blueprints, fostering more secure, fulfilling connections and a deeper understanding of themselves.

By understanding and reconstructing these models, a path is paved towards healthier and more satisfying relationships.

If you would like to explore this further, please get in touch. I am seeing my clients in my office in Hove and globally online.

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