In the previous two sessions, we have looked at the different maladaptive schemas and why and how they can become a problem. You have also considered your personal values and set goals accordingly. Now it is time to start looking at the outcomes of those schemas and how they determine your attitude and coping strategies, in particular when a difficult situation arises.

Session Objectives

  • To define schema coping strategies
  • To explain the role of schema coping strategies
  • To determine your dominant schema coping strategy
  • To explain how to become aware of your style and what it means
  • To develop functional alternative coping strategies

What are Schema Coping Strategies?

The main premise of schema therapy is that interpersonal problems or opportunities for improvement likely stem from suboptimal personality traits that are the result of maladaptive schemas. The goal of schema therapy is to identify and change these to more functional strategies that are less abrasive and a better response to your environment while still offering personal comfort.Early maladaptive schemas are our core patterns of behavior that we tend to use repeatedly through our lives when we feel distressed or threatened in any way. Frequently, these unpleasant thoughts and feelings arise subconsciously, and we are not aware that they originate from our schemas. Coping styles are the way that we adapt to these schemas and early life experiences. These are often unhelpful and tend to maintain or worsen problems or prevent improvement and personal growth.

Early maladaptive schemas are our core patterns of behavior that we tend to use repeatedly through our lives when we feel distressed or threatened in any way. Frequently, these unpleasant thoughts and feelings arise subconsciously, and we are not aware that they originate from our schemas. Coping styles are the way that we adapt to these schemas and early life experiences. These are often unhelpful and tend to maintain or worsen problems or prevent improvement and personal growth.The three main maladaptive coping modes or strategies are Schema Avoidance, Schema Overcompensation, and Schema Surrender. Each presents a distinct style of attempting to cope with our needs and pressures. The next activity is a short questionnaire that points you to your own dominant schema coping style. This then becomes the attitude or response habit that you should focus on to develop a more functional alternative that is more attuned to others around you.

The three main maladaptive coping modes or strategies are Schema Avoidance, Schema Overcompensation, and Schema Surrender. Each presents a distinct style of attempting to cope with our needs and pressures. The next activity is a short questionnaire that points you to your own dominant schema coping style. This then becomes the attitude or response habit that you should focus on to develop a more functional alternative that is more attuned to others around you.