Explore Your
Early Maladaptive
Schemas (EMS)

In just 30 minutes, and completely for free, you’re able to uncover all of the limiting beliefs you’ve been carrying with you since early childhood! With thanks to Dr Jeffrey Young for the wonderful work!

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Explore Your
Early Maladaptive
Schemas (EMS)

In just 30 minutes, and completely for free, you’re able to uncover all of the limiting beliefs you’ve been carrying with you since early childhood! With thanks to Dr Jeffrey Young for the wonderful work!

Start Quiz



Find out which Early Maladaptive Schemas
developed throughout your childhood & adolescence

Schemas develop as a means for survival

As small children, we learned to deal with our environment in the best ways we knew how. While for some, their parents matched their emotional and physical needs (almost) perfectly, for others, this was not always the case. For those who did not always feel like their emotional needs were met, they did their best to adapt.

Depending on whether/how a parent meets their child’s core emotional needs, such as to feel cared for and protected, this can lead to Early Maladaptive Schemas (EMS). EMS are beliefs about ourselves such as, “Others will never truly care for me,” or, “People who care for me will inevitably leave me,” or even, “I am unlovable.”

But we need to learn how to let them go

As children, these beliefs about ourselves came about from a particular context or situation that led us to react in a certain way so we could handle our intense emotions. For example, a child whose parents get angry when they cry will likely repress their emotions to keep their parents from expressing their anger on them.

As we grew, these beliefs became maladaptive – they ceased to fulfill their primary function, which was to soothe us. In fact, these limiting beliefs became pervasive dysfunctional patterns that ultimately affect our relationships and our well-being.

When as a child repressing our intense emotions kept our parents calm, as adults, this can make relationships quite difficult as it hinders clear and open communication of our needs.

Knowledge is the first step to healing

Knowing our EMS can help us understand where certain maladaptive patterns come from. It is also a valuable resource in therapy, so feel free to bring this up to a licensed therapist so you can better discuss what to do from here.

To learn more about this topic, check out our articles on Schema Therapy and Maladaptive Schemas before starting our free quiz.d


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The 18 Early Maladptive Schemas

Disconnection & Rejection

1.  Abandonment
2. Mistrust / Abuse
3. Emotional Deprivation
4. Defectiveness / Shame
5. Social Isolation

Impaired Autonomy & Performance

6. Dependence / Incompetence
7. Vulnerability to Harm / Illness
8. Enmeshment / Undeveloped
Self
9. Failure

Impaired Limits

10. Entitlement / Grandiosity

11. Insufficient Self-
Control / Self-Discipline

Other- Directedness

12. Subjugation
13. Self-Sacrifice
14. Approval /
Recognition Seeking

Over-Vigilance & Inhibition

15. Negativity / Pessimism
16. Emotional Inhibition
17. Unrelenting Standards /
Hypercriticalness
18. Punitiveness

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Curious to Discover Even More About Your EMS?

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  • Is it normal to have EMS?
  • Why do people develop EMS in the first place?
  • How are unmet childhood needs reflecting in your current life?
  • In what ways do schemas interact with attachment?
  • Why do your schemas cause you to form unhealthy habits?
  • What factors make it difficult to heal from EMS?
  • Do schemas ever go away?
  • What can you do to combat EMS?

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