Emotional Schema Therapy

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Abstract

Cognitive therapy has often been criticized as focusing exclusively on rational cogni¬tion rather than on the role of emotion in psychopathology. The Emotional Schema Therapy (EST) approach advances a model of how people think about and respond to their own emotions and those of others. Drawing on Beck’s schema model, the metacognitive model of Adrian Wells, the Acceptance and Commitment Model (ACT), and social cognitive theory, the EST model suggests that beliefs about the duration, controllability, legitimacy, normalcy, shame and guilt about emotions re¬sult in problematic strategies for coping with emotion, such as suppression, avoid¬ance, substance abuse, and rumination. I outline some of the main points of EST and the research supporting the model.

General Information

Keywords: Emotional schemas, cognitive therapy, emotion regulation, psychopathology

Journal rubric: Workshop and Methods

Article type: scientific article

DOI: https://doi.org/10.17759/cpp.2021290304

For citation: Leahy R.L. Emotional Schema Therapy. Konsul'tativnaya psikhologiya i psikhoterapiya = Counseling Psychology and Psychotherapy, 2021. Vol. 29, no. 3, pp. 45–57. DOI: 10.17759/cpp.2021290304.

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Information About the Authors

Robert L. Leahy, PhD, Director, American Institute for Cognitive Therapy, Clinical Professor of Psychology in Psychiatry at Weill-Cornell University Medical School, New York, USA, ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-4226-5675, e-mail: rleahyaict@gmail.com

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