What is your Attachment Style?

From early on in life, we develop an attachment to our primary caregivers that tends to remain constant. This attachment style has a profound effect not only on our emotional development, but also upon the health of our relationships. Find out what your style is and how it affects your relationships by taking this quiz.

When completing this questionnaire, please focus on one significant relationship – ideally a current or past partner as the focus here is on adult relationships. This does not necessarily need to be a romantic relationship but must be the individual with whom you feel the most connection. Who is your primary “go to” person if you’re sick, in trouble, want to celebrate, call with news, etc.

The attachment style quiz has 30 short multiple choice questions. Examine the following statements and indicate to what degree they are true of you. In order to receive the most accurate results, please answer each question as honestly as possible.

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1. When I lose a relationship, at first I might experience separation elation and then become depressed.
2. It is easier for me to think things through than to express myself emotionally.
3. I feel like my partner is always there but would often prefer to have my own space unless I invite the connection.
4. I am always yearning for something or someone that I feel I cannot have and rarely feeling satisfied.
5. When I give more than I get, I often resent this and harbor a grudge. It is often difficult to receive love from my partner when they express it.
6. I look at my partner with kindness and caring and look forward to our time together.
7. When my partner arrives home or approaches me, I feel inexplicably stressed –especially when he or she wants to connect.
8. Sometimes I prefer casual sex instead of a committed relationship.
9. Over-focusing on others, I tend to lose myself in relationships.
10. I chronically second-guess myself and sometimes wish I had said something differently.
11. I insist on self-reliance; I have difficulty reaching out when I need help, and I do many of life’s tasks or my hobbies, alone.
12. I am comfortable being affectionate with my partner.
13. At the same time as I feel a deep wish to be close to my partner, I also have a paralyzing fear of losing the relationship.
14. I find myself minimizing the importance of close relationships in my life.
15. I sometimes feel superior in not needing others and wish others were more self-sufficient.
16. People are essentially good at heart.
17. I want to be close with my partner but feel angry at my partner at the same time. After anxiously awaiting my partner's arrival, I end up picking fights.
18. I feel relaxed with my partner most of the time.
19. I attempt to discover and meet the needs of my partner whenever possible and I feel comfortable expressing my own needs.
20. I actively protect my partner from others and from harm and attempt to maintain safety in our relationship.
21. I often find eye contact uncomfortable and particularly difficult to maintain.
22. It is difficult for me to be alone. If alone, I feel stressed, abandoned, hurt, and/or angry.
23. It is a priority to keep agreements with my partner.
24. If my partner and I hit a glitch, it is relatively easy for me to apologize, brainstorm a win-win solution, or repair the misattunement or disharmony.
25. It is difficult for me to say NO or to set realistic boundaries.
26. Sometimes, I over-function, over-adapt, over-accommodate others, or over-apologize for things I didn’t do, in an attempt to stabilize connection.
27. I find it easy to flow between being close and connected with my partner to being on my own.
28. I usually prefer relationships with things or animals instead of people.
29. I often tend to “merge” or lose myself in my partner and feel what they feel, or want what they want.
30. I can keep secrets, protect my partner’s privacy, and respect boundaries.