However, the data do permit the overall conclusion that attachment relationships have wide ramifications for the individual's development and are even linked to the way in which the individual feels about his or her nation and other nations. Behavioral scientists know very little about the source of patriotic motivation and individual differences in this motivational area, despite the fact that patriotic motivations are among the most powerful of human motivations, indeed overriding at times the motivation for self-preservation. I would suggest that an important antecedent of differences in patriotic motivation are differences in early attachment. The data that have been reported on here are consistent with this hypothesis.
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