Attachment anxiety heightens aversion toward pattern deviancy, according to new psychology research

first_imgShare on Facebook Email Anxieties about one’s close relationships are associated with aversion towards pattern deviancy, according to new research published in the European Journal of Social Psychology.“I’ve always been fascinated with objects, experiences, and situations that are irregular, abnormal, and break the pattern of what we are used to. I’ve consistently found that people tend to feel negatively about such ‘deviant’ stimuli. The obvious next question was to ask where these negative attitudes towards deviancy come from,” explained study author Anton Gollwitzer, a PhD Candidate at Yale University.Two initial surveys of 239 participants found a link between attachment anxiety and aversion toward pattern deviancy. People who agreed with statements such as “My desire to be very close sometimes scares people away” and “I often worry that my partner doesn’t really love me” tended to also say that broken patterns of geometric shapes made them feel uncomfortable, anxious, or annoyed. Pinterest LinkedIncenter_img Share on Twitter The researchers then conducted an experiment with another 333 individuals, which found that participants who were asked to recall a relationship where they felt anxiously attached tended to have heightened aversion towards broken geometric patterns compared to participants who were asked to recall a relationship where they felt comfortable and secure.A second experiment with 501 participants replicated the findings with a different measure of pattern deviancy aversion. Instead of being asked to evaluate patterns of geometric shapes, the participants were simply asked how they felt “about things that break a pattern, are out of line, and are disordered.”“Anxiety in terms of our social relationships can have a far-reaching impact on our lives, including nonsocial outcomes. Although we tend to think of our social and nonsocial attitudes as independent, our social experiences can actually alter the way we more generally approach objects, experiences, and situations,” Gollwitzer told PsyPost.Future research could address why the association between attachment anxiety and aversion toward pattern deviancy exists.“Is the link between anxious attachment and disliking broken patterns functional in some way? For instance, do unstable social relationships serve as a signal for dangerous irregularities in the environment? If true, then anxious attachment may heighten people’s dislike of broken patterns to help them avoid these harmful irregularities,” Gollwitzer said.The study, “Anxious Attachment as an Antecedent of People’s Aversion Towards Pattern Deviancy“, was authored by Anton Gollwitzer and Margaret S. Clark. Sharelast_img read more

Bobsled, skeleton still planning for full World Cup season

first_img FOLLOW US Written By Associated Press Television News SUBSCRIBE TO US Last Updated: 2nd July, 2020 05:56 IST Bobsled, Skeleton Still Planning For Full World Cup Season Bobsled and skeleton officials indicated Wednesday that they are still planning for a full World Cup season, releasing detailed schedules for eight races COMMENTcenter_img LIVE TV Bobsled and skeleton officials indicated Wednesday that they are still planning for a full World Cup season, releasing detailed schedules for eight races as well as the world championships that remain scheduled for February in Lake Placid, New York.Also still on the schedule: a season-finale at the new track built for the 2022 Beijing Olympics. The addition to the revised schedule released Wednesday was the addition of women’s monobob to the schedule for Lake Placid’s two weeks of world-title races.It will be the first time that women’s monobob is part of the world championships and means Lake Placid will play host to the biggest world championship program in International Bobsled and Skeleton Federation history.The IBSF schedule calls for three World Cup races in Germany, along with stops in Latvia, Austria, Switzerland, China and at the 2002 Olympic track in Park City, Utah. The women’s monobob event is scheduled to be part of five of those eight World Cups.The season is scheduled to start and end in China, with the first event on the IBSF calendar being the homologation event at the new track from Oct. 26 through Nov. 1. Homologation — the process of certifying a new track for racing — was scheduled to take place last spring, before it was delayed because of the coronavirus outbreak that originated in China.It remains unclear if athletes from the U.S. or any other nation will take part in the homologation. Under typical circumstances, sliders from around the world are invited to participate and offer feedback on the new track.The World Cup schedule starts in Sigulda, Latvia, in late November, followed by December races in Innsbruck, Austria, and Altenberg, Germany. Following the holiday break, the World Cup season resumes in January with stops in Winterberg, Germany, followed by St. Moritz, Switzerland, and Konigssee, Germany.The world championships are in Lake Placid from Feb. 1 through Feb. 14, with the Park City World Cup on Feb. 20 and 21.Most sliders will see the Beijing Olympics track for the first time during a training period scheduled there for Feb. 25 through March 6. The final World Cup is set to be there from March 12-14.Image credits: AP First Published: 2nd July, 2020 05:56 IST WATCH US LIVElast_img read more