Effects of Internal Working Models of Attachment on Social Adaptation-1--From the perspective of congruity/incongruity of explicit and implicit aspects of IWM-

[Speaker] Oura, Shinichi:1
[Co-author] Matsuo, Kazuya:1, Fukui, Yoshikazu:2
1:Graduate School of Humanities, Konan University (Japan), 2:Konan university (Japan)

Differences in social adaptation have been indicated when the explicit and implicit aspects of the internal working models (IWM) of attachment are congruent and incongruent. This study investigated characteristics of an incongruent group. A questionnaire survey and the Implicit Association Test were conducted to university students. The results indicated that the incongruent group tended to 1) control their own feelings, 2) read the situation, and 3) use avoidant stress coping, in interpersonal settings, compared to the congruent group. Moreover, the frequency of experiencing negative interpersonal life events was higher when implicit aspects of IWM of the self were negative, compared to when explicit aspects were negative. Furthermore, perspective taking, which is a subscale of empathy, became difficult. Although the incongruent group has common traits, such as reading the situation and behaving evasively, people tend to have problems in interpersonal settings when implicit aspects of IWM of the self are negative.
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