Protective and Acquisitive Self-Monitoring Differences in Attachment Anxiety and Avoidance
The purpose of the investigation was to examine how different self-monitoring orientations would manifest in interpersonal relationship functioning. Protective, but not acquisitive, self-monitoring was expected to be associated with greater attachment anxiety and attachment avoidance. Participants completed the Self-Monitoring Scale and the Adult Attachment Questionnaire with respect to romantic partners (Studies 1a, 1b) and the Experiences in Close Relationships–Relationship Structures Scale with respect to mothers, fathers, romantic partners and best friends (Study 2). Across relationship type, those higher in protective self-monitoring expressed more avoidance and anxiety than did those lower in protective self-monitoring. Acquisitive self-monitoring was generally unrelated to attachment anxiety and avoidance. It appears that a self-presentational orientation based on avoiding disapproval contributes to general uneasiness with intimacy and fear of interpersonal rejection.
Self and Identity
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Paul T. Fuglestad, Christopher Leone & Taylor Drury (2020) Protective and acquisitive self-monitoring differences in attachment anxiety and avoidance, Self and Identity, 19:2, 219-234, DOI: 10.1080/15298868.2019.1570969