Attachment Styles

As my career has progressed, I’ve begun to shift my focus from developing my own technical skills to amplifying the efforts of others. As a senior engineer, this tends to include things like mentoring peers, implementing or improving processes, and structuring project work for team efficacy.

I also devote a bit of effort to cultivating positive peer relationships and managing my time effectively. This month I read an article that has led me to reflect upon that further. In her article for The New York Times, Elizabeth Grace Saunders posits that individual “attachment styles” influence our workplace behavior. These styles may differ between personal & professional contexts, but can include the following:

  • Anxious Preoccupied Attachment
  • Dismissive Avoidant Attachment
  • Fearful Avoidant Attachment
  • Secure Attachment

After reflecting on the article, I recognized my current attachment style, and acknowledged that I have some work to do to evolve to a more secure attachment style. This will be a point of emphasis for me in the new year.

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