Abandonment Issues Worksheet

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What is the theory behind the abandonment issues worksheet?

Abandonment is defined as a fear of being lonely and left alone. People with this fear usually try to stay with people and depend on people more than others. It affects relationships because this dependence may not always be possible. This causes disturbance in relationships and people may suffer from disorders like anxiety, depression, and low self-esteem.

This worksheet is based on attachment theory which centers on the connections and emotional bonds between individuals such as parent-child relationships and romantic partnerships. This theory proposes the existence of various attachment styles established during early childhood. Those with an anxious attachment style often have a deep fear of abandonment. They struggle to trust that they won’t be deserted and tend to worry excessively about losing their partner in intimate relationships. This worry drives them to seek continual reassurance and support.

How will this worksheet help you?

This worksheet will help you identify your abandonment patterns. We all do have a fear of losing our loved ones and people who are close to us,  but this fear can become so irrational that it leads to dependency and causes disturbance in our relationships and in our lives. Identifying your patterns and the degree of your fear can help you work on your abandonment issues. 

How to use this worksheet?

  1. Take some time and read the worksheet carefully.
  2. Answer each question honestly after reflecting on your life and how you interpret situations. 
  3. After completing it, see what is the pattern of your thoughts and does it affect your behaviors. Do some introspection and decide if you have a fear of abandonment or not. 

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