Schema of Emotional Deprivation Worksheet

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What is the theory behind this Schema of Emotional Deprivation Worksheet?

Schema therapy is an integrative approach that provides the concept of schemas. Schemas are the mental framework that leads our reaction through organizing information based on previous experiences. When people feel unheard by their significant others they are likely to form a schema of emotional deprivation. In response to such schema, individuals may experience a persistent expectation their closed one won’t be giving them emotional support. Such expectations lead to the creation of misperceptions and individuals may experience negative experiences.  

How will the worksheet help?

This worksheet will help individuals understand the relationship between their experiences and how they formulated their schemas. They will be able to identify their maladaptive reactions and the reason behind them. They will also be able to assess their thoughts and their roots. It will help them switch to positive behavior and alter their thoughts to positive. 

How to use the worksheet?

This is a therapist-assisted worksheet. The first part of the worksheet requires individuals to identify the origin of their schema by connecting it to their previous experience. Individuals are required to read and understand items of the worksheet carefully and fill it according to their experiences. Later they can generate alternative thoughts to deal with the triggering situation.  

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