April 26, 2018

Reading Guide #6 for 2nd Third of Semester

by William Goehler (author's profile)


Name - Goehler

Reading Guide #6 for 2nd Third of Semester
Interpersonal communication: theories of helping (Psychodynamic/Attachment Theory)
In preparation for the class discussions, please complete the following before class.

Look over the table of contents and chapter 1 in the Daniel A. Hughes book.
1. What is this book about? Keys to building your best relationships. A guide to better understand both yourself and the people around you.

2. What will you be learning about in chapter 1? Why attachment matters. What makes a relationship healthy.

Read Chapter 1 (p. 1-2)
1. What are the names of the two individuals who developed attachment theory? Jn. Bowlby and Mary Ainsworth

2. What does attachment theory tell us about the influence of infant relations on people's future relationships? How we are perceived by our attachment figures greatly influences self perception. Because of our attachment history, we tend to approach relationships with patterns of thought, emotion and behavior that are relatively consistent over time and between relationships. The realities of our attachment patterns permeate the way we relate, as well as the nature of our relationships.

Read Chapter 1 (p. 3-6)
1. What types of needs do infants have? Safety & Security. For an infant, attachment is necessary for survival. Infants need their parents.

2. What do parents need to do so that infants will feel safe and secure? Interacting with them. Being there in times of distress. As infants experience their parents keeping them safe again and again in situation involving all manner of threats, they begin to feel increasingly secure within their relationships with their parents.

3. Using the word exploration, explain how toddlers behave when they are securely attached to their parents.
When toddlers feels safe and securely attached, it enables them to focus their abundant energies on exploring the world of their parents' experience. They are fascinated by what their parents are fascinated by. Reality is contagious that way. Contagion of aberrations work the same way.

Read Chapter 1 (p. 6-10)
1. Define the inner working model
Your blueprint for relationships is developed both by an infants attachment to their parents and how they engage with others - and serves as a guide to patterns of relating to others. The four classifications of attachment are distinguished by specific approaches to relationships. These approaches serve as a mental, emotional and behavioral template for developing & maintaining important relationships.


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