Attachment trauma experienced in childhood can lead to the development of anxious and avoidant insecure attachment styles resulting in relational sabotage in romantic relationships. Individuals with an anxious attachment style may enact behaviors that are beneficial to relationships, but their unhealthy motives in said behaviors often erode their relationships. Those with an avoidant attachment style can be withdrawn and distant with partners in their efforts to avoid hurt from intimacy, thus negatively impacting their relationships. Thus, attachment trauma in both avoidant and anxious individuals may lead to behaviors that sabotage their romantic relationships that may greatly decrease relationship satisfaction.
"Relationship Sabotage in Adults with Low Self-Esteem from Attachment Trauma in Childhood,"
Family Perspectives: Vol. 1
, Article 11.
Available at: https://scholarsarchive.byu.edu/familyperspectives/vol1/iss1/11