- Secure attachments form when mom synchronizes with her child. A strong bond develops when mom is sensitive to her child’s signals. Mom synchronizes with child as she builds joy and allows rest as her child requires.
- Synchronization involves reciprocated rhythms. Synchronization between mother and child match mental states, energy levels, and alternate between periods of arousal and rest. Healthy mothers synchronize to baby, while unhealthy mothers attempt to get baby to synchronize with mother’s need.
Attachment Disorders — Problems arise when mom fails to respond correctly to her child’s attachment light (cues and signals). These problems are called attachment disorders. They produce attachment pain. A bond that fails to grow in love and security becomes an insecure attachment, or a fear bond.
Dismissive Attachment — The insecure attachment we are going to look at is called a dismissive attachment. You feel like you are going to die when someone fails to respond to you at a moment you are primed and ready to bond. Your heart races, thoughts become confused and you hurt. You sink into an abyss of turmoil and anguish when you want to be with someone and your signals are not reciprocated.
An avoidant or dismissive attachment describes pain resulting from failure of your familiar face to respond and synchronize to you. Children fall prey to a dismissive attachment when the parent or caregiver has not properly responded (if at all) with good timing.
The child does not recover well and learns to mask attachment pain by hiding his/her own attachment cues and signals. When the child’s light comes on; the parent’s light is off. When a child’s light goes off, parent’s light is still off which produces an avoidant outcome.
Dismissive Attachment Cycle–Dismissive parents produce dismissive children, who grow up and rear dismissive children. Dismissive attachments develop into a vicious cycle.
- Children realize their attachment light has a mind of its own, beyond their control, so they disconnect upper levels and lower levels of their mind from working together. We call this a desynchronized mind.
- Keeping a split control center brings temporary relief and avoidance of attachment pain. Up until age 12 children are not good at doing this disconnection so they exhibit dissociative symptoms when they experience attachment pain.
- After 12 years of age the brain will run two systems of their control center separately, avoiding pain. Attachment pain will be masked under a variety of coping mechanisms.
- Recognition must be learned. It takes practice to recognize the feeling “I am going to die if I don’t get this…”
- Addictions and compulsions develop from failures to correctly attune with relational rhythms.
Research shows dismissive children have similar internal reactions as a secure attached child. In both cases, heart rate leaps by an internal positive reaction upon recognition by a familiar face – yet dismissive attached children show no external visible reactions of interest.  They have learned to hide their attachment light and desire to bond. Sadly, dismissive children learn to play alone and oftentimes are labeled “mature” and “well behaved” in boarding schools and other child behavior programs.
Another way to describe this inner conflict is “to not get your hopes up.” As the Thanksgiving/Christmas season is upon us, we first give thanks for the blessings God has given us. But for some, realizing what is not there or might not be there…you never know for sure…Just imagining it squeezes my heart.
Praise God, there is a remedy. You can remediate and bring healing to this wound. I am so grateful for the years of study and ministry that went into sorting out these relational brain skills. I would encourage anyone who recognized your own experience to not despair or think you are a lost cause.
Anna Hill shared her experience of learning these skills as an adult. You can view her testimony in an older blog here.
You can find out if there is a Connexus class in your area by going Deni Huttula at firstname.lastname@example.org.
You will also find information on how to start classes in your church here.
Please feel free to ask questions or share your experiences.
Have a blessed holiday and may your joy be full!
Chris & Carol
Chris Coursey, MA Theology – Author, Speaker and Thrive Trainer, www.thrivetoday.org
Twitter – @coursey_chris
Carol A. Brown, Author of The Mystery of Spiritual Sensitivity and Highly Sensitive www.fromgodsheart.com
Carol’s email – email@example.com
 Developing Mind, pg 92