Ana Recommends: Attached

Attached: The New Science of Adult Attachment and How It Can Help You Find - and Keep - Love

Amir Levine, M.D., and Rachel S.F. Heller, M.A.


Ana says:

This book is for anyone who wants to learn more about adult attachment styles and how to work on changing destructive relationship patterns.

I am recommending this book because I feel it teaches people how to navigate behaviors in relationships that are not serving them.

Amir Levine and Rachel S.F Heller do an amazing job describing attachment styles and ways to break unhealthy patterns. This book is easy to follow and filled with examples of destructive and healthy patterns caused by our attachment styles.

The book discusses avoidant, anxious, and secure attachment styles. The important thing to remember when reading this book is you will have to be willing to be open to learning more about your patterns in relationships.

Attached can benefit anyone who is looking to learn more about communicating effectively in relationships.

From the Publisher

We already rely on science to tell us what to eat, when to exercise, and how long to sleep. Why not use science to help us improve our relationships? In this revolutionary book, psychiatrist and neuroscientist Dr. Amir Levine and Rachel Heller scientifically explain why some people seem to navigate relationships effortlessly, while others struggle.

Discover how an understanding of adult attachment—the most advanced relationship science in existence today—can help us find and sustain love. Pioneered by psychologist John Bowlby in the 1950s, the field of attachment posits that each of us behaves in relationships in one of three distinct ways:

  • Anxious people are often preoccupied with their relationships and tend to worry about their partner's ability to love them back
  • Avoidant people equate intimacy with a loss of independence and constantly try to minimize closeness.
  • Secure people feel comfortable with intimacy and are usually warm and loving.

Attached guides readers in determining what attachment style they and their mate (or potential mate) follow, offering a road map for building stronger, more fulfilling connections with the people they love.

The Author

Amir Levine, M.D. is an adult, child, and adolescent psychiatrist and neuroscientist. He graduated from the residency program at New York Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University and for the past few years Amir has been conducting neuroscience research at Columbia under the mentorship of Nobel Prize Laureate Eric Kandel. Amir also has a passion for working with patients and it is in this context, while working with mothers and children in a therapeutic nursery, that he first discovered the power of attachment theory. His clinical work together with his deep understanding of the brain from a neuroscientist’s perspective contribute to his appreciation of attachment theory and its remarkable effectiveness in helping to heal patients. Amir lives in New York City.

Rachel Heller, M.A. studied at Columbia University with some of the most prominent scholars in the field of social psychology. She now works with families and couples as a psychologist in private practice. Rachel lives in Israel.

About Ana Poulos


Ana is a psychotherapist based in Chicago Illinois.  She works with those who are tired of the emotional rollercoaster that seems to take control of their lives and relationships. She doesn't see her clients as broken but believes they are doing their best and wants to help clients develop and implement the skills to respond to the ups and downs of life with greater control and clarity.

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