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Fearful-Avoidant Attachment: 13 Signs & Relationship Patterns

Fortunately, you can heal your attachment style and move towards secure attachment. Other critics, like Rob Weisskirch, a professor of Human Development at California State University, Monterey Bay, question the larger paradigm of adult attachment theory. Dr. Weisskirch hasn’t read the book but believes the theory is limiting because it demonstrates only four types of ways people relate in relationships. If this is your fearful avoidant ex and you’re doing everything right to make them feel safe but you’re at that point where you’re asking, “how much longer is this going to take”, be patient.

Dismissive Avoidants are distant, non-committal, and act like they don’t have any needs for intimacy or affection. They are super self-sufficient and have a tendency to emotionally distance themselves from their partner. Dismissive Avoidants often come off as focused on themselves and their own needs—for completing their work or satisfying their own need for physical comforts, rather than being interested in their partners.

With my last ex, she asked for a break but after the 1-month break, I felt so detached and numb, and we ended breaking up. She was more hurt that I was cold towards her and showed no emotion than the breakup itself. I felt bad that I was cold towards her and hurt her more, but I also felt like “spare me the drama”. My therapist says my detachment from my own emotions makes me unable to deeply connect. Yes, be open and direct in communication with a dismissive avoidant. It was so transparent that they were terrified of losing me and I felt like I was responsible for their happiness.

They’re not dialed into your emotions, and communication is difficult

I’ve done a lot of healing work already which has led me to a lot of peace and a very solitary lifestyle, but I recognize my almost reclusive behavior comes from attachment wounds that shaped me. Toxic thoughts can lead to problematic behaviors that hurt loving relationships. Looking at the emotional baggage unloved children bring into adulthood.

They feel rejected and hurt

My ex choosing his happiness over hanging on to a situation that he obviously wasn’t happy with made me respect him. How long does it take a dismissive avoidant to come back and how much longer should you keep trying to get them back is the million-dollar question. Experts will give you estimates and claim this or that, but the truth is no one really knows. I even encouraged them to move on because I didn’t want to feel like I was holding the back . What may take someone with an anxious attachment style to come back is if they go no contact.

I find your advice more to what I’m working towards becoming. It sometimes feels a bit like learning a new language because my natural tendency is to go in like a wrecking ball. The calmer, warm, appreciative of where we are and deliberate in my efforts to create a sense of safety seems to help my DA ex feel safe and want to reach out more. What makes a dismissive avoidant ex miss you and how long it takes for a dismissive avoidant ex to miss you depends on the strength of their attachment to you, and how long you were together. This article is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to knowing how to raise a child with a secure attachment.

The avoidant needs to experience what it would feel like to lose contact with you if they pull away and try to make you chase them. But, don’t repeatedly express love and desire for the avoidant if they refuse to work on the relationship. The very thing that the fearful avoidant fears are the same things they attract. So, to avoid the pain of rejection, a fearful avoidant may fail to express any of their needs or wants.

These days I will to wait until I simmer down and express how they hurt me. Your happiness and well being should be prioritized, and I love that you’re trying to be as good as a partner you can be, but this should be reciprocated and she should put in effort as well! You seem like a very sweet person and your efforts are very admirable. Consistency and keeping your word is one of the most important things, to me at least. Make sure that she’s aware you’re not going to leave her and that even when she acts distant, you’re still here for her.

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It’s hard to not take it to heart Bc you feel like you never had any value to them. When you do, you’ll detach and be glad he’s out of your life. It looks like the moment I showed real signs to commit, she was shocked and things became worse. I really missed her but I don’t think I can do anything anymore about it.

An avoidant partner will react by deflecting such conversations if they feel uncomfortable. The key is to speak to them regarding important matters or emotional subjects without beating around the bush. Avoidant partner’s distancing tactics often have deep-seated roots.