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secure attachment

1. in the Strange Situation, the positive parent–child relationship, in which the child displays confidence when the parent is present, shows mild distress when the parent leaves, and quickly reestablishes contact when the parent returns. Compare insecure attachment.

2. an adult attachment style that combines a positive internal working model of attachment of oneself, characterized by a view of oneself as worthy of love, and a positive internal working model of attachment of others, characterized by the view that others are generally accepting and responsive. Compare dismissive attachment; fearful attachment; preoccupied attachment.

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June 25th 2024



n. in generative grammar, a process in which certain grammatical rules can be repeatedly applied, with the output of each application being input to the next, in principle indefinitely. An example is the rule S→S and S, where S denotes a sentence; the rule is recursive because it can be used to generate a potentially infinite string of sentences conjoined by and. A well-known example of recursion is the nursery rhyme “The House that Jack Built” (This is the dog that worried the cat that killed the rat that ate the malt…). —recursive adj.