- 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 Enmeshment/Undeveloped Self Schema
The Enmeshment/Undeveloped Self 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 being overly enmeshed with caregivers or of having a weak sense of self. People with this schema may have difficulty forming a clear sense of their own identity and may have trouble separating from others and asserting their own needs and desires.
There are several key characteristics of the Enmeshment/Undeveloped Self schema. These include:
- Difficulty separating from others: People with this schema may have trouble separating from others and may feel overly enmeshed with their caregivers or other close relationships.
- Difficulty identifying and expressing one’s own needs and desires: The difficulty separating from others may make it difficult for people with this schema to identify and express their own needs and desires, and they may have trouble asserting themselves in relationships.
- A lack of a clear sense of self: The difficulty separating from others and expressing one’s own needs and desires may lead to a lack of a clear sense of self and a weak sense of personal identity.
- Difficulty with autonomy: The lack of a clear sense of self and the difficulty separating from others may make it difficult for people with this schema to achieve autonomy and to function independently.
The Enmeshment/Undeveloped Self schema can have a significant impact on a person’s sense of self and can make it difficult for them to form and maintain healthy, fulfilling relationships. It can also contribute to the development of other psychological issues, such as anxiety and depression.
How does The Enmeshment/Undeveloped Self Schema relate to Attachment Theory?
The Enmeshment/Undeveloped Self schema can be seen as an example of an insecure attachment style, specifically an anxious attachment style. People with an anxious attachment style tend to have a negative view of themselves and a strong need for reassurance from others. They may also have a fear of abandonment and a tendency to become excessively clingy or demanding in relationships.
The Enmeshment/Undeveloped Self schema can be thought of as a specific type of anxious attachment style that is characterized by a difficulty separating from others and a lack of a clear sense of self. This schema can influence how people feel about themselves and can affect the quality of their relationships.