A relationship or attachment injury is most commonly experienced in a parent-child relationship or romantic relationship. It is when one person experiences a feeling of being abandoned or betrayed by the other in a critical time of need. The injury leaves the relationship in a state of fragility. Often, the two people involved become stuck in a negative cycle that goes round and round. With the help of a therapist, the healing process can begin and new healthier responses can be learned to break free of old painful patterns.