Physical attraction attachment styles and dating development
Anxious adults represent clingy types and may often experience jealousy; they usually worry a lot about being rejected by their partner, so they try to please and gain their approval. Child and Adolescent Mental Health, 20(1), 41-48.5. Fear of infidelity may become an overriding concern for anxiously attached individuals. The study's results showed that among adolescents and young adults with insecure attachment styles, those with anxious attachment showed a 12-month prevalence of anxiety disorders. Anxious attachment in adults (including fearful avoidant and preoccupied styles) also shows strong associations with symptoms of depression and GAD (generalized anxiety disorder).
In contrast, avoidant adults may get nervous whenever someone gets too close, claiming their independence and that they do not need anybody. Linking lack of care in childhood to anxiety disorders in emerging adulthood: the role of attachment styles.
Naturally, individuals seek physical closeness with their romantic partners.