Dismissing Attachment and Global and Daily Indicators of Subjective Well-Being: An Experience Sampling Approach

Keely A. Dugan, Faaiza Khan, R. Chris Fraley

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Abstract

The present research examined whether a dismissing attachment style (i.e., being high in attachment avoidance and low in attachment anxiety) is a risk factor for low subjective well-being (SWB). Specifically, we examined the associations between dismissing attachment and two indicators of SWB: global life satisfaction and daily affect. Self-reports of attachment and overall life satisfaction were collected from 257 adults at an initial lab session. Afterward, experience sampling methodology was used to gather repeated measures of positive and negative affect, as well as social context, from the sample for 8 days. Our findings indicate that, on average, dismissing people reported fairly modest levels of overall life satisfaction. Moreover, they experienced relatively low levels of both negative affect and positive affect across the 8-day study period. Overall, our results suggest that dismissing people have a “muted” or dull emotional life.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalPersonality and social psychology bulletin
DOIs
StateAccepted/In press - 2022

Keywords

  • affect
  • attachment
  • experience sampling
  • well-being

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology

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