Adult attachment and dating strategies: How do insecure people attract mates?

Claudia Chloe Brumbaugh, R. Chris Fraley

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When asked to choose among secure or insecurely attached partner prototypes, research shows that people tend to select secure individuals as their first choice. Despite this pattern, not everyone chooses secure partners in reality. The goal of this study was to examine the ways in which insecure individuals present themselves that might make them attractive to others. To achieve this goal, participants were led to believe that they were interacting with a possible date. That insecure individuals presented themselves as warm, engaging, and humorous people when communicating with potential mates were found. These findings suggest that insecure people have numerous dating tactics and positive qualities that they display to win over romantic partners.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)599-614
Number of pages16
JournalPersonal Relationships
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 2010

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Anthropology
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Life-span and Life-course Studies


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