There are five core emotional needs for human beings. Early Maladaptive Schemas result from unmet core emotional needs in childhood or early adolescence. These five need are:
1. Secure attachments to others (includes safety, stability, nurturance and acceptance)
2. Autonomy, competence, and sense of identity
3. Freedom to express valid needs and emotions
The goal of schema therapy is to help patients find adaptive ways to meet their core emotional needs and as a result correct the maladaptive behaviors that also present. To recognize which areas affect you, how they affect you today, and work to replace these maladaptive coping strategies with healthy adaptive ones. Know your enemy. It’s the only way you can truly defeat it.
I’m no psychologist (yet). I can’t diagnose or decide what may or may not actually present as a truly problematic schema for anyone. All I can do is present information and hope that it brings some enlightenment.