Yaniv Efrati

Yaniv Efrati
Bar Ilan University | BIU · Faculty of Education



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I'm a senior lecturer at Faculty of Education at Bar-Ilan University and Head of Behavioral Addiction Lab.


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Goal: There is abundance of research on various addictions from substance abuse to gambling and sexual addiction. We know significant less on whether there is a common disposition for these addictions, especially among women. I examine this question by studying whether women with substance use disorder (SUD) also suffer from high co-morbidity of behavioral addictions in the form of compulsive sexual behavior disorder (CSBD) and risky sexual action tendencies.
For decades, research stemming from attachment theory has viewed only one attachment style as adaptive while branding the others maladaptive. Belsky and colleagues (e.g., Belsky, Steinberg, Houts, & Halpern-Felsher, 2010) were the first to address the possibility that there are potential adaptive benefits, under particular environmental conditions, of insecure attachment styles. Specifically, they proposed that the potential to develop different attachment patterns evolved because, under certain ecological conditions, they promote reproductive fitness. SDT was also developed as a critique of the prevailing perspective on attachment, offering a more nuanced and complex view of individual differences in attachment. In line with the French saying “Il faut de tout pour faire un monde” (“It takes all sorts to make a world”), SDT contends that attachment styles are unique constellations that offer both advantages and disadvantages, and that the main strength of human societies and their resilience in the face of threat stems not merely from the characteristics of a certain type of individual but from the synergetic and compounded effects of different characteristics of different people. By acknowledging the social advantages of both security and insecurity, we can move away from simplistic notions of “good” and “bad” personality characteristics, reconsider the misguided notion that insecure attachment (i.e., attachment anxiety and avoidance) needs to be fixed, and celebrate human diversity as a remarkable and highly effective symphony of imperfections.