Dating and fear of abandonment

However, ruptures in these early relationships can lead children to form insecure attachments.

They frequently anticipate rejection and search for signs of disinterest from their partner.

As children, people may experience real losses, rejections, or traumas that cause them to feel insecure and distrusting of the world.

These losses and traumas can be dramatic, like the death of a loved one, neglect, or emotional and physical abuse.

As a result, people may carry their childhood insecurities and expectations for how others will behave into their adult relationships.

Children who experience an ambivalent attachment pattern may grow to have a preoccupied attachment pattern as adults, in which they continue to feel insecure in their relationships.

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