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POSITIVE PSYCHOLOGY COUPLE SCHEMA THERAPY: A NEW MODEL OF COUPLE THERAPY FOCUSING ON REIGNITING COUPLE ATTRACTION VIA SCHEMA THERAPY AND POSITIVE PSYCHOLOGY

 

Edward Weng Lok CHAN1,
Huey Jing Renee TAN2

1International Psychology Center, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
2Hospital Kajang, Selangor, Malaysia
E-mail: hueyjingtan@gmail.com
Received: 30-October-2019
Revised: 19-December-2019
Accepted: 3-January-2020
Online first: 4-January-2020

Abstract

Introduction: There is growing evidence indicating schema modes influences emotional and behavioural response in couple interaction which affects relationship satisfaction. Thus, identifying dominant schema modes is important for effective couple therapy.

Objective: A two-stage positive psychology couple schema therapy, which takes into account the influences of schema and schema modes on couple attraction and dysfunctional conflict resolution style in couples, is proposed.

Method: This article describes a case study applying positive psychology couple schema therapy. The first stage of this couple therapy involves identifying the schema mode of each partner, rescript significant childhood experiences, helping each partner to meet the unmet childhood needs and strengthening healthy adult mode. The second stage of the therapy incorporates positive psychology and collaborative therapy to help couples identify and support each other’s positive interests, values and dreams, thus enhancing couple attraction and relationship.

Conclusion: Positive psychology couple schema therapy was able to help couples heal childhood unmet needs and reinforce couple attraction.

 

Key words: couple therapy, couple schema therapy, positive psychology couple therapy, couple attraction

 

Citation: Chan, E.W.L., Tan, H.J.R. Positive Psychology Couple Schema Therapy: A new model of couple therapy focusing on reigniting couple attraction via schema therapy and positive psychology. Journal for ReAttach Therapy and Developmental Diversities. https://doi.org/10.26407/2019jrtdd.1.24

Copyright ©2020 Chan, E.W.L., Tan, H.J.R. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License (CC BY-NC 4.0)

Corresponding address:
Huey Jing Renee TAN
Department of Psychiatry and Mental Health, Hospital Kajang,
15, Lorong CP 8/36, Cheras Perdana, 43200,
Selangor, Malaysia
Phone +60162026038
E-mail: hueyjingtan@gmail.com

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