Episode 3-50: The Importance of a Secure Base

Two Open Doors

Dec 10 2023 • 8 mins

In prior episodes, we’ve seen that attachment theory can provide many insights into how relationships function.  That theory proposes how infants and children learn to relate to others, and how they form a self-image that’s essential if they are to see themselves as worthy of love and support.  Relationships evolve over time, and the relevance and utility of attachment theory carry over into adult relationships.

One of the concepts put forward in attachment theory is that of a secure base.  That term describes how a child’s caretaker can provide the safety, security and support that enable a child to explore the world in order to learn.  In this episode, we’ll explore how the partners in an intimate relationship can serve as a secure base for one another, to enable each partner to develop as a participant in their relationship.

Dr. Claude Cruz is a relationship and intimacy coach based in the Portland, OR area. He holds a PhD in Human Sexuality from the Institute for Advanced Study of Human Sexuality (IASHS), as well as a Professional Sex Coach certification from Sex Coach U. Dr. Claude is passionate about promoting and supporting deep human connection. He develops and delivers workshops and other events regarding that topic, as well as being available for individual and couples intimacy coaching. He can be contacted at claude@twoopendoors.com.

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