British Journal of Humanities and Social Sciences 73 September 2014, Vol. 12 (1)


The study aimed to identify the relationship between  anxious (pathological) attachment and the flexibility of the ego in a sample of elderly in Karak  governerate. The study sample consisted of 129 married individuals between 50-79 years selected intentionally. After applying a measure of anxious attachment and a measure of ego flexibility on the members of the study sample, it was found that the scores of sample members on a scale of ego  flexibility were  moderate, as evidenced by the results that the level of  anxious attachment was moderate, while the results showed a negative statistically significant relationship between anxious attachment to sons and flexibility ego of the elderly . Finally, the study proposed a set of recommendations.