Developmental personality styles: An attachment theory conceptualization of personality disorders

  • Lyddon W
  • Sherry A
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Abstract

Attachment theory, as a developmentally based theory of personality formation, provides a viable framework for understanding the development and maintenance of personality disorders, or what A. E. Ivey and M. B. Ivey (1998) have referred to as “develop- mental personality styles.” Using K. Bartholomew’s (1990) 4-dimensional model of adult attachment as an organizational frame- work, 10 developmental personality styles are differentiated regarding their unique attachment experiences, working models of self and other, and feedforward beliefs. Implications of an attachment theory framework for counseling clients with problematic developmental personality styles are discussed.

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  • William J. Lyddon

  • Alissa Sherry

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