Theory of Attachment to the Motherland
On October 9 Svetlana Komissarouk (PhD, postdoc, teacher, department of psychology, Columbia University, USA) took part in the "Culture matters" research seminar with the report "Theory of Attachment to the Motherland".
Since the construction of the Tower of Babel, human well-being has depended on trust in others and the ability to live in harmony with other cultures. Despite constant intercultural communication in the age of globalization, not all contacts lead to the desired results, and there are still many conflicts and misunderstandings in the world. A new theory of attachment to the motherland is proposed, which explains the difference in confidence in strangers in different situations. Similar to the classic idea of Bowlby and Ainsworth that healthy attachment to significant adults gives children the necessary sense of stability and security. It is assumed that the type of attachment to the Homeland affects the willingness to take risks and to form new relationships of trust with strangers at home and abroad. The study was conducted on five cultural samples (USA, South Korea, Israel, Ukraine and Russia) based on the “Unfamiliar situation” protocol confirm the idea that different attachment styles predict the quality of relations with strangers in the modern global community in different ways. The report discusses the psychometric characteristics of the new Scale of Attachment to the Motherland and the prospects for applying the new theory to other issues of social and cultural psychology.