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The Analysis of Attachment Styles through Interpersonal Circumplex Description

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The study explored how the dyads with different attachment styles behave towards Leary’s circumplex in coop- erative and competitive tasks. 100 strangers as a sample were surveyed through two experiments on computer, by using RBQ (Riverside Behavioral Q-sort) to examine their interpersonal traits through rated by experimenters. Relation Questionnaire (RQ) and ECR were also used to measure their attachment styles. There are three con- clusions based on the results of this study that: 1) Individuals of different attachment styles in interpersonal in- teraction had shown different trend of interpersonal styles; 2) Individuals of different attachment styles take up different area in interpersonal circumplex, which proves that it is continuous not discrete of interpersonal at- tachment style; 3) the dyads in different sex of different attachment types showed different satisfaction in these two tasks.

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Xue, W. & Zhao, S. (2011). The Analysis of Attachment Styles through Interpersonal Circumplex Description. Psychology, 2, 665-668. doi: 10.4236/psych.2011.27101.


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