People with a fearful relationship style want meaningful relationships, but they're afraid of being let down. Their fear makes it difficult and uncomfortable to rely on others.
How a Fearful Relationship Style Develops
Many psychologists believe that a fearful relationship style develops during childhood when parents are neglectful, abusive, or otherwise unable to care for their children. Childhood trauma is one of the most common reasons for fearful attachment styles.
One study suggests that a fearful relationship style is closely related to an individual's relationship with their mother. However, attachment styles are complex, and many factors can contribute to someone developing a fearful relationship style.