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The Schema Model and Core Childhood Needs


Understanding Childhood Needs

Understanding our core childhood needs, how these have or have not been met and the impact of this on our adult relationships is a core aspect of Schema Therapy.  This article explains our five childhood needs in more detail.

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Personality Disorder and Attachment

Theories of personality highlight that early experiences linked to parental care giving and trauma all can play a role in Personality Disorder.

Attachment theory helps to understand how these impact on adult personality. Attachment is described as a unique emotional bond between carer and child that involves an exchange of comfort, care and pleasure. The attachment system

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Schema Therapy

Do you ever feel like you fall into the same unhelpful patterns of thinking and acting, as if you know you don’t want to but can’t stop yourself?

A schema is a self-defeating life pattern of thinking, emotion, and physical sensation. They include our memories and how we view the world. These patterns are long standing and become more entrenched as we go through life. 

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Understanding Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is sometimes explained using the metaphor of a mountain or iceberg.

Whilst we see the tip of these, their foundations bury for miles underground (in the case of mountains, the roots are upto 5.6 times greater!).

In CBT, the behaviour that we show can be seen as the tip of the problem – buried underneath, out of sight, are the triggers.

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Social Isolation in a Sociable World

Social Isolation in a
Sociable World

Someone who is socially isolated is often perceived as being a quiet, introverted individual who avoids social situations or prefers their own company. However, sometimes it is the most sociable, extrovert individuals who feel the most lonely, isolated and excluded.

In Jeff Young’s Schema Therapy theory, the social isolation (also referred to as social exclusion) schema is a lifelong pattern of feeling like you don’t fit in.

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