Breaking Negative Thinking Patterns: A Schema Therapy Self-Help and Support Book


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Breaking Negative Thinking Patterns is the first schema-mode focused resource guide aimed at schema therapy patients and self-help readers seeking to understand and overcome negative patterns of thinking and behaviour.

Represents the first resource for general readers on the mode approach to schema therapy

Features a wealth of case studies that serve to clarify schemas and modes and illustrate techniques for overcoming dysfunctional modes and behaviour patterns

Offers a series of exercises that readers can immediately apply to real-world challenges and emotional problems as well as the complex difficulties typically tackled with schema therapy

Includes original illustrations that demonstrate the modes and approaches in action, along with 20 self-help mode materials which are also available online

Written by authors closely associated with the development of schema therapy and the schema mode approach


  • Preface viii
  • Credit for Images x
  • 1 Introduction 1
  • Part I: Become Familiar with Your Modes 7
  • 2 Child Modes 9
  • 3 Dysfunctional Parent Modes 38
  • 4 Coping Modes 65
  • 5 Healthy Adult Mode 96
  • Part II: Change Your Modes 105
  • 6 Healing Vulnerable Child Modes 107
  • 7 Gaining Control over Angry and Impulsive Child Modes 117
  • 8 Strengthen the Happy Child Mode 130
  • 9 Setting Limits to Dysfunctional Parent Modes 136
  • 10 Changing Coping Modes 150
  • 11 Promoting Your Healthy Adult Mode 165
  • Glossary 175
  • References and Further Reading 179
  • Index 181

Author Info

Gitta Jacob is a Clinical Psychologist and Schema Therapist at GAIA, a therapy development and research company in Hamburg, Germany. A founding board member of the International Society for Schema Therapy (ISST), Dr. Jacob is also co-author of Schema Therapy in Practice: An Introductory Guide to the Schema Mode Approach (2012).

Hannie van Genderen is a Clinical Psychologist, Supervisor of the Dutch Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Therapy, and Chair of the Dutch Schema Therapy Association. She is also a Psychotherapist at the Maastricht Community Mental Health Centre and co-author of Schema Therapy for Borderline Personality Disorder (2009).

 Laura Seebauer is a Psychologist, Psychotherapist and Schema Therapist in the Department of Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy, University Medical Centre, University of Freiburg, Germany.


“The authors have distilled their extensive clinical experience as therapists, supervisors, trainers and researchers in Schema Therapy into a wonderfully clear and enlightening self-help guide. Their ability to explain and address complex issues in such a straightforward and compassionate manner means that this book will be invaluable for people struggling with ‘negative thinking patterns’, and a great inspiration for therapists looking to explain the concepts and ideas of schema therapy to others. Harnessing the use of mental imagery is a useful addition too to many standard texts. Super case examples and vivid images illustrate the concepts throughout”.—Emily Holmes, MRC Cognition & Brain Sciences Unit, Cambridge UK and Department for Clinical Neuroscience, Karolinska Institutet, Sweden

 “This book is an amazingly successful explanation of the essence of Schema Therapy. It is perfect for anyone interested in understanding what drives our emotional, thinking and behavioral patterns, and how those patterns can be changed. It is already a bestseller in the Netherlands and Germany and a great help to its readers, so it is fantastic that it is now available in English”.—Arnoud Arntz, PhD, Professor of Clinical Psychology, University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands