In this episode, Justine and Gemma dive deep into what a schema is in the context of Schema Therapy. They discuss the role of parenting, temperament and life experience in the development of early maladaptive schemas (EMS). Most of the schemas are reviewed and explained with examples to get you thinking.
There is also a meaty discussion of the “other-directed” schemas – such as subjugation & self-sacrifice. The concept of schema triggering is broken down into an easy to digest explanation of trigger – urge – response (or coping style) to help you make sense of your own strong emotional triggers. With a special mention of the abandonment schema and how it typically plays out as a relationship saboteur.