Attachment Theory. Will’S Attachment Style Is Predominantly
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Will’s attachment style is predominantly of the insecure-avoidant attachment variety This style includes a tendency to keep people at arm’s length and be mistrustful, which is particularly problematic in a therapy session. According to Cassidy (2000), attachment styles are related to representational models, which are built based on experiences and the treatment the individual receives. However, these representational models and attachment styles aren’t set in stone. Thus, one method of dealing with Will based on attachment theory would be to provide him with experiences and treatment counter to Will’s representational models, leading to a more secure attachment and the healthier behaviors that are associated with…show more content… However, Sean offers him comfort, which is beneficial as it provides evidence contrary to his current representational model.
Will primarily displays insecure-avoidant attachment style, but there are exceptions. Will seems quite securely attached to his friends, especially Chuck. He trusts them to back him up, as shown in the fight early in the film and Will is also able to be somewhat vulnerable with Chuck, qualities indicative of secure attachment. I noticed that as the therapy sessions proceeded, Sean begins to speak to Will much like Will and his friends speak to each other. This includes use of a lot of curse words and playful insults (directed at Will and at himself). When Sean does this, Will often seems to let his guard down and relax. For example, in the third shown session, on the topic of Skylar, Sean says, “only way you’re finding out that one is by givin’ it a shot… you certainly won’t learn from an old fucker like me and even if I did know, I wouldn’t tell a pissant like you” (Bender & Sant, 1997). Will’s body language after this is very relaxed and open, he leans back in his seat and puts his hands behind his head. Will confirms the existence of this friend-like bond in the fifth shown session when, in response to Sean trying to kick him out early, he becomes upset and says, “I thought we were friends” (Bender & Sant, 1997). At the end of the film, they also exchange information, intending to keep in touch with each other, offering