Bowlby- Theory of attachment

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Attachments are adaptive. This means they give our species an 'adaptive advantage', making us more likely to survive. This is because if an infant has an attachment to a caregiver, they are kept safe, given food, and kept warm.
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Social releasers. Babies have social releasers, which 'unlock' the innate tendency of adults to care for them. These social releasers are both physical and behavioural.
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Critical period. Babies have to form an attachment with their caregiver during the critical period. This is between birth and 2 and a half years old. Bowlby said that if this didn't happen, the child would be damaged for life.
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Monotropy. Bowlby believed that infants form one very special attachment with their mother. If the mother isn't available, the infant could bond with another ever-present, adult, mother substitute.
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Internal working memory. Formed through the monotropic attachment. A special mental schema for relationships. All the child's future adult relationships will be based on this.
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