Typical Behaviors Seen with an Avoidant Attachment

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Avoidant attached infants, toddlers, and preschoolers perceive their primary caregivers as completely insensitive to them and dislike or want to avoid contact with them. These young children avoid, downplay, or deny their needs for comfort and protection— they are often described by others as "a loner" or "very self-reliant" even at a young age. In the presence of their primary care-giver, they commonly display one or more of the signs and symptoms of grief normally experienced by infants, toddlers, and preschoolers who face a total loss and absence of their mothers (protest, anger, despair, and detachment).

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