Towards, Away, Against: Coping Role Strategies as Attachment Styles

This paper draws parallels between psychodrama role theory and attachment theory. The three coping role strategies of moving towards, moving away and moving against can be understood as attachment styles, developed in the crucible of the original social atom. This view of coping roles provides a sound basis on which to choose appropriate interventions, and builds links between psychodrama and other therapeutic modalities. The material in this paper is adapted from the author’s 2008 ANZPA psychodrama accreditation thesis, Protest, Clinging and Withdrawal: Attachment Theory and the Origins of Coping Strategies.

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