How Your Childhood Affects Your Love Styles

How Your Childhood Affects Your Love Styles


Although we have a choice in becoming the people we strive to be it is without a doubt that our childhoods shape us to a certain extent How we choose to react to different situations and the way we express ourselves our behavioral patterns that are formed starting at a young age When we first begin to learn how to make sense of our immediate environment Marriage and family counselors Dr. Mllan and Kay yerkovich discovered that everyone has a certain love style based on their upbringing A love style is comprised of our tendencies and inclinations of how we respond to our romantic partners But understanding how we love we can learn how our love styles affect our relationships. Hera are dr. Milan and Kaye yorkovich’s five love styles On:e the pleaser. The pleaser often grows up in a home with an overly protective or angry and critical parent. As children, pleasers do everything they can to be good and to be on their best behavior, so as to not provoke a negative response from their parent, Pleaser children don’t receive comfort. Instead they spend their time and energy giving comfort to their reactive parent. Pleasers are uncomfortable with conflict and deal with disagreements by often giving in or making up for them quickly. They usually have a hard time saying no and because they want to minimalize conflict, they may not be truthful and lie to avoid difficult confrontations. As pleaser children grow into adults, they learn to read the moods of others around them to make sure they can keep everyone happy. However… When pleasers feel stressed or believe that they are continuously letting someone down, they can have a breakdown and flee from relationships. Pleasers often spread themselves thin, trying to be everything to everyone when it’s not realistic and instead of forming healthy boundaries for themselves, they focus more on the needs and desires of others in order for pleasers to cultivate stable relationships, they have to be honest about their own feelings rather than trying to do what is expected of them Two: the victim. The victim often grows up in a chaotic home. Victims learn to be compliant in order to survive by putting less attention on themselves so they can stay under the radar. To deal with their angry violent parents, victim children learn at a very young age to hide and stay quiet. Because being fully present is painful for them, victim children often build an imaginary world in their heads to cope with the dangers. They face on a daily basis. Victims have low self-esteem and usually struggle with anxiety and depression. They may end up marrying controllers who mirror the same behaviors as their parents. Victims learn to cope by being adaptable, and going with the flow. They are so used to chaos in stressful situations that when they do experience calmness, it actually makes them feel uneasy because they anticipate the next blow up in order for victims to cultivate healthy stable relationships, they have to learn self-love and stand up for themselves when a situation calls for it, instead of letting their partner walk all over them. Three: the controller. The controller usually grows up in a home where there wasn’t a lot of protection, so they learn to toughen up and take care of themselves. They need to feel in control at all times to prevent the vulnerability they experienced in their childhood, from being exposed in their adulthood. People with this love style believe that they’re in control when they can avoid experiencing negative feelings of fear, humiliation, and helplessness. Controllers, however, don’t associate anger as vulnerability. So they use it as a weapon to remain in power. Controllers have rigid tendencies, but may also be sporadic and unpredictable. They don’t like stepping out of their comfort zones because it makes them feel weak and unprotected. They prefer to solve problems on their own, and like getting things done in a certain manner, otherwise they get angry. In order for controllers to form stable long lasting relationships, they need to learn how to let go, trust others, and keep their anger at bay. Four: The vacillator. The vacillator often grows up with an unpredictable parent. Vacillators learned that their needs aren’t their parents top priority. Without consistent affection from their parents, vacillators develop a deep fear of abandonment, but when the parent finally feels like giving their time and attention to them, vacillators are usually too angry and tired to receive it. As vaciillators enter adulthood they try to find the consistent love they were deprived of as children… Vacillators have a tendency to idealize new relationships, but once they feel led down or disappointed, they grow dejected and doubtful. They often feel misunderstood and experience a lot of internal conflict and emotional stress within their relationships. They can be extremely sensitive and perceptive, which allows them to detect even the slightest change in others and no when people are pulling away. In order for vacillators to cultivate healthy stable relationships, they need to learn how to pace themselves and get to know someone before committing to soon and getting hurt by their own expectations. Five: the avoider. The avoider often grows up in a less affectionate home that values independence and self-reliance. As children, avoiders learn to take care of themselves starting at a very young age and put their feelings and needs on hold to deal with their anxieties of having little to no comfort from their parents. Avoiders tend to like their space and rely on logic and detachment more than their emotions. They get uncomfortable when people around them experience intense mood swings. In order for avoiders to cultivate healthy long-lasting relationship,. They need to learn how to open up and express their emotions honestly. Which love style do you identify with? Please share your thoughts with us below. Also, we’d love to give special thanks to our sponsors, Better Help: An affordable online counseling platform for those who are struggling with mental health. If you’re interested, we’ve included a link in the description below

100 thoughts on “How Your Childhood Affects Your Love Styles

  1. My childhood was honestly toxic and unpredictable. I’ve been in a broken home, then became a orphan, then got adopted by a normal family, then the home got broken again, then I tried to please my family to avoid a negative response. Yet somehow I’m a vacillator. I guess now that I think about it sense everything in my life was so unpredictable it would make sense. But I do feel like people avoid me a lot.

  2. I don't get what I am supposed to do… I fit 3 of these so well. I was watching n I'm like "oh yeah, definitely this one" then the next came on "oh.. maybe I was wrong, this one is on the dot" and the third "okay I don't even know anymore"

  3. I'm a vacillator and my boyfriend is a controller. We have been living in hell and heaven for two years, but we can't separate even when try.

  4. Why are the only love types born out of traumatic childhood situations? What about those with supportive, yet imperfect parents?

  5. I don't relate to anyone of these. I grew up in a loving home. My parents were never divorced, my parents gave me and all of my siblings attention and love. My dad never beat my mother and I went off to become a college educated police officer.

    However my relationships are complete rubbish because every girl I date leaves me. My current heartbreak came from a girl who stated that she left me because I had a foot fetish and she thought it was strange that I massaged her feet when she came home from work.

    That is literally the reason she gave me, she couldn't complain about anything else because I sent her roses to work, listened and commented on her problems, helped her out in every way I could and yet I'm back in the single, alone and heartbroken line. This video didn't help

  6. Im one of those kids who make an imaginary world in their head, I like making characters so I made 2 on top of my head that are in some relationship and happy together forever while in reality I'm just stuck in school and feel useless

  7. I am between the controler and the vacilator…I want to lead in relationships and have too high expectations, when things dont turn the way i expected i abandon the relationship and blame myself for not seeing it coming.

    Learn to let go, trust others and solve anger issues. Paste and get to know someone before comiting and getting hurt …its easy to say….but i will make a three step plan to achieve it. XD

  8. Add some of these traits together and develop unhealthy coping mechanism to com(numb)bat them, it’s all the better when you finally work through them.

  9. So I am n° 2,3,4 AND 5. Shit, I got a lot of work to do.

    I actually go to therapy and this 5 minutes video sums up A LOT of what I learned through years of treatment

  10. If you stuggle with your mental health be careful who you share that info with because there is a war going on right now against people who say they struggle with mental health. They can simply say you have a "history or mental health problems". From that label cops shoot on site

  11. I dream about a future where violent parents can be rightfully deported, tortured and sterilized by the State, without limits to the amount of Violence that public authorities are allowed to use with them. If you're interested in building this kind of society, please reply to this message, together we can figure out a way to implement it.

  12. I have nearly every trait of a pleaser, avoider and victim and all of that seems to make it impossible for me to allow myself to build relationships, both platonic and romantic

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  14. My manners are close to Avoider but none of these backstories fit me and I think most of these informations are not true

  15. Ahem… so there are only people with mostly problematic experiences in the world? No people having grown up healthy and ready to commit in a healthy way? I think you really have to define a sixth type…. 😉

  16. I didn’t feel that any of the types matched my character… but then the Avoider came up. Fuck. I got chills. I’m an Avoider.

  17. i was a pleaser and a victim back then but now i am an avoider and a controller but that has nothing to do with how i lead relationships, because, when i am in a relationship its different i guess i am more like a vascillator then.

  18. The closest thing in this video to what I experience is that of the vacillator. Although, my parents weren’t like the ones depicted here. I definitely find myself hurt in relationships by my own naively optimistic expectations. In my current relationship, I am doing my best to go slow, and it is benefiting myself as well as my girlfriend. It’s difficult to go against your nature, but not impossible.

  19. And if you grew up in a good home…and when yer an adult and you can't find any love…I guess no.6 would be "the disappointed" or "fucked".

  20. Wow I have literally been all of these. (Learnt/learning errors of my ways) I had shit parents and I've struggled with relationships ever since, every one is like a lesson and I learn different things with each one as I change as a person over the years. Its took me until recently to realise that it's not only stuff like in this video that are my problem but also my depression. I'm writing this purely coz it feels good to tell someone for once, as I'm sure a lot of u who read this will know

  21. i grow up in a happy family, but i still don't trust most of people and try to avoid every relationship. i feel anxious and extremely uncomfortable when people around me. i hate myself like this cause it hurt people who care about me but i don't know how to change it….i've been like this for my entire life….

  22. Being the controller sucks because ive ruined so many relationships because of it and i dont even realize that im being controlling

  23. I'm number 4 and that's why I can't form any kind of relationship at all. You're telling me that people like me manage to get into relationships anyway???

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