Topic Progress:

Complete the worksheet provided by identifying the schemas from the list previously described that you think is most common in your life. Look at each of the six domains separately, thinking of examples where maladaptive schemas were triggered to create problems and discomfort for you. Regarding the trigger, answer the following questions in the trigger column:What situation/happening preceded the presence of the schema?

  • What situation/happening preceded the presence of the schema?
  • When did it happen? Who was involved? How did it come about?
  • How frequently does something similar happen?

Regarding you behavior and emotions, answer the following questions in the emotions column:

  • What did you do as a result?
  • How did you feel?
  • How did other people react and feel?

As you will continue to notice, feelings and emotions are important products of schemas that are triggered. Cognitive science also teaches us that these inner experiences are related to thoughts and how we act on them. Every time that we allow a maladaptive schema to be triggered, our unpleasant thoughts and feelings compel us to act in a harmful or irresponsible way, actually making the situation worse. As we will see throughout the course, Schema Therapy is all about becoming aware of these schemas, so that we can change them.

As you will continue to notice, feelings and emotions are important products of schemas that are triggered. Cognitive science also teaches us that these inner experiences are related to thoughts and how we act on them. Every time that we allow a maladaptive schema to be triggered, our unpleasant thoughts and feelings compel us to act in a harmful or irresponsible way, actually making the situation worse. As we will see throughout the course, Schema Therapy is all about becoming aware of these schemas, so that we can change them.

Download and print the worksheet here: Enhance Personality – Session 2 – Identifying Schemas and Triggers

After introducing some of the important concepts of Schema Therapy, we turn to guiding you to set course and life goals in the next session, while keeping your maladaptive schemas and their influence in mind.