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Print Your Own Psychology Valentines

You’ve seen my Halloween themed ghost attachment styles doodles, now here’s the Valentine version!

Print your own psychology-themed valentines: digital downloads and preprinted cards.

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"Be my primary attachment figure?" Printable Valentine cards.

Origins

During my first year of graduate school, I managed to sneak into an elective intended for students later on in the 3-year program. The course was Interpersonal Neurobiology: the study of how brains change within the context of relationships. It turns out, the newest frontiers of neurobiology are confirming many of the oldest theories: brains grow, change, and/or heal in the context of safe relationships – it’s why the official stance of the American Psychological Association affirms that the quality of the relationship between a therapist and a client matters far more than the type of therapy practiced.

Attachment theory is the name given to the branch of psychology that studies how we engage interpersonal relationships (more attachment theory doodles here), and as the course progressed through the work of Dr. Dan Siegel, Dr. Alan Schore, Dr. Steven Porges, and others, attachment theory became a basis for how I understand brains, mental illness, and recovery.

"Be my primary attachment figure?" Printable valentine card.
Three valentine's cards: "Be my primary attachment figure?" "You're my favorite limbic system to attune to." "You've earned my secure attachment."

In February of that year, I was buried in the literature of neuropsychology and attachment theory (that was still a bit over my head at the time as someone who came in to graduate school with a non-psych undergrad!) as I was planning a “Galentines Day” pre-valentines day brunch for my fellow grad-school gal-pals. It was as I was prepping for this event and watercoloring small place cards that I first doodled this trio of psychology themed valentines:

That Valentine’s Day passed, as did – eventually – that semester, and these geek-humor little psychology valentines were nearly forgotten. As life has recently slowed down post-grad school, post world-travels, post-private practice launch, I recently pulled these out and started, metaphorically, “dusting them off.” Digitized in Procreate and colorized, this trio us now updated and available.

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There are three different Valentine’s Day cards in this post that are available for purchase through links provided in the post.

The first card has a grey background with a yellow banner that reads, “Be my primary attachment figure?” behind the banner are two hands reaching for one heart.

The second card has a pink background with a big red heart in  the middle. The heart is broken on the side and mended with a bandaid. A blue banner is wrapped around the heart and reads, “You’ve earned my secure attachment.”

The third card has a blue background with a yellow banner. On the banner is written, “You’re my favorite limbic system to attune to.” At the beginning and end of the banner are red hearts, with a thought bubble containing a heart off to the side.

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