Anxiously attached team members

Psychologists talk about different attachment styles, such as secure, anxious and avoidant. The secure style is usually the one we're supposed to aspire to. They're the calm people who find it easy to get close to others, but not in a clingy way. By contrast, those with an anxious or avoidant attachment style are often seen in a pathological light - being either too needy or too aloof, respectively.

They might sound like the kind of people you want to steer clear of, but new research discussed on our Research Digest blog suggests there is an upside to having an anxiously attached person on your team.


The term ' anxious ' is very contentious and implies that of a person who has to be diagnosed as such. However, it can be seen that the emotions exhibited may be exacerbated by another person or group of people alienating or even threatening that individual in even an illegal manner. this could be paralleled to the victim / bully situation. Calm people could be as such because of many factors even having ingested ' calmers'.