The Schema Therapy model proposes that early maladaptive schemas develop through an interaction between temperament and adverse childhood experiences where specific, core emotional needs are not met. In other words, early life experiences foster the acquisition of schemas or self-defeating patterns of interaction with the world. These self-defeating patterns of interaction are played out throughout one’s lifetime causing them a great deal of trouble, heartache and grief.
The following table provides a link between which schemas develop as a result of unmet emotional needs in childhood:
“The goal of Schema Therapy is to help individuals find adaptive ways to meet their core emotional needs. All of our interventions are means to this end.”
– Jeff Young
The Secure Nest Team