- The 18 Early Maladaptive Schemas
- Emotional Deprivation Schema
- Abandonment Schema
- Mistrust / Abuse Schema
- Defectiveness / Shame Schema
- Social Isolation / Alienation Schema
- Dependence / Incompetence Schema
- Vulnerability to Harm or Illness Schema
- Enmeshment / Undeveloped Self Schema
- Failure Schema
- Insufficient Self-Control / Self-Discipline Schema
- Grandiosity / Entitlement Schema
- Subjugation Schema
- Self-Sacrifice Schema
- Approval-Seeking / Recognition-Seeking Schema
- Negativity / Pessimism Schema
- Emotional Inhibition Schema
- Unrelenting Standards / Hyper-Criticalness Schema
- Punitiveness Schema
- The Five Schema Domains
- Treatment Techniques
- Scientific Research
- Reading List
The Emotional Inhibition Schema
The Emotional Inhibition schema is a psychological concept that refers to a set of beliefs and expectations about oneself and one’s relationships with others that can develop in response to early experiences of suppressing or hiding one’s emotions. People with this schema may have a tendency to repress their emotions, particularly negative emotions, and may have difficulty expressing their feelings or needs.
There are several key characteristics of the Emotional Inhibition schema. These include:
- Difficulty expressing emotions: People with this schema may have difficulty expressing their emotions, particularly negative emotions, and may repress their feelings or needs.
- A tendency to avoid emotional situations: The difficulty with expressing emotions may lead people with this schema to avoid situations that may be emotionally challenging or difficult.
- Difficulty connecting with others emotionally: The emotional inhibition may make it difficult for people with this schema to form and maintain emotionally close relationships with others.
- Difficulty with self-awareness: The repressed emotions may make it difficult for people with this schema to be self-aware and to understand their own feelings and needs.
The Emotional Inhibition schema can have a significant impact on a person’s relationships and can make it difficult for them to form and maintain healthy, fulfilling connections with others. It can also contribute to the development of other psychological issues, such as low self-esteem and a lack of assertiveness. It is important for people with this schema to work on developing their emotional awareness and on learning to express their feelings and needs in a healthy way.
How does the Emotional Inhibition Schema relate to Attachment Theory?
The Emotional Inhibition schema can be seen as an example of an insecure attachment style, specifically an avoidant attachment style. People with an avoidant attachment style tend to have a negative view of intimacy and may feel uncomfortable with close emotional connections. They may also have a tendency to suppress their emotions and to distance themselves from others in order to avoid intimacy.
The Emotional Inhibition schema can be thought of as a specific type of avoidant attachment style that is characterized by a tendency to suppress or hide one’s emotions and to have difficulty expressing feelings or needs. This schema can influence how people feel about themselves and their relationships with others.