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Breaking Negative Relationship Patterns. A Schema Therapy Self-Help and Support Book. Edition No. 1

  • ID: 5225422
  • Book
  • November 2016
  • 228 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd

Schema Therapy (ST) was developed to treat patients with complex disorders, especially personality disorders, with a powerful new set of interventions. Personality disorders, as well as more general problems stemming from early experience and addressed by schema therapy, are a key factor in many disturbed relationships, and as a result ST is now increasingly used for couples work. By dealing effectively with the past, ST offers a unique way to approach and address present difficulties in relationships, Couples who understand their individual patterns of thinking and behavior tend to find that their relationships make much more sense.

Breaking Negative Relationship Patterns is a readable, practical resource containing a wealth of self-help exercises that schema therapists can recommend or give to their patients. It is the ideal resource for couples undergoing schema therapy, ­and can also serve as an accessible self-help guide for those experiencing relationship difficulties. The authors offer a complete ST-based model for understanding complex personal problems, along with couple-specific adaptations of core ST interventions such as limited reparenting, imagery re-scripting and behavioral pattern breaking.

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About the Authors viii

Introduction 1

1 Schema Therapy: Toward a Science of Relationships 8

2 Past Tense, Present Tense: Understanding Family Patterns 29

3 Attraction, Romance, and Schema Chemistry 40

4 Back to the Future 53

5 Modes: In the Present Tense 63

6 Mode Awareness 77

7 Managing the Modes 92

8 Past Tense: Managing the Parent Modes 99

9 The “Great Escape”: Understanding the Coping Modes 112

10 Meeting the Needs of Your “Inner Child” 136

11 Mode Change 151

12 Putting “Healthy” Back in Your Adult 171

13 A Clear Path: Dealing with Conflicts, Communication, and Decision Making 191

14 Looking at Sex Through the Eyes of the Modes 211

15 Affairs 220

16 Emotional Learning 242

Epilogue 256

Index 258

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Bruce A. Stevens
Eckhard Roediger
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