Love from Afar: Staying Close While You Live Apart

College students, military personnel, and dual-career couples may all be required to endure separations for a few days or a few months. In spite of cliché wisdom, absence may not make the heart grow fonder. Adult attachment styles greatly affect these relationships. Studies show, as one might suspect, that people with anxious attachment styles are more stressed by long distance relationships whereas those with secure attachments are less threatened by these circumstances. There are five ways for maintaining a strong relationship that spans time and distance including: recognizing your attachment style, keep current with each other, accentuate the positive, minimize the negative, and make time to virtually be together.

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