- 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 Unrelenting Standards/Hyper-Criticalness Schema
The Unrelenting Standards/Hyper-Criticalness 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 held to extremely high standards or of being subjected to constant criticism. People with this schema may have a tendency to hold themselves and others to very high standards and may be excessively critical of themselves and others when these standards are not met.
There are several key characteristics of the Unrelenting Standards/Hyper-Criticalness schema. These include:
- Extremely high standards: People with this schema may hold themselves and others to very high standards, and may feel a sense of failure or worthlessness if these standards are not met.
- Excessive self-criticism: The high standards may lead people with this schema to be excessively self-critical and to have a negative view of themselves.
- Excessive criticism of others: The high standards may also lead people with this schema to be excessively critical of others, and they may have a tendency to hold others to the same high standards that they hold themselves to.
- Difficulty with self-acceptance: The high standards and self-criticism may make it difficult for people with this schema to accept themselves as they are, and they may have a tendency to compare themselves to others.
The Unrelenting Standards/Hyper-Criticalness 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 perfectionism. It is important for people with this schema to work on developing more realistic and healthy standards for themselves and others, and on learning to accept themselves and others as they are.
How does the Unrelenting Standards/Hyper-Criticalness Schema relate to Attachment Theory?
The Unrelenting Standards/Hyper-Criticalness 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 Unrelenting Standards/Hyper-Criticalness schema can be thought of as a specific type of anxious attachment style that is characterized by extremely high standards and excessive self-criticism and criticism of others. This schema can influence how people feel about themselves and their relationships with others.