The Men's Group 
Early Maladaptive Schemas and Their Activation in Adult Life  

"Schemas" are psychological templates for how we engage, perceive and respond to the world.  They are formed early in life, emerging in the context of developmental experiences within the family environment. Unfortunately, most schemas are quite rigid and shape our present experience often quite negatively.  I like to think of schemas as psychology's best explanation of "destiny" because they highly determine how, and in what way, our lives evolve. In the next meeting of the Men's Group on Saturday, May 2, 2015 (10:45 AM to 12:00 PM noon), I will describe the 18 schemas that have been identified by researchers and the types of life experiences which activate them.  I will also discuss Schema Processes which are, essentially, modes of living (i.e., "schema triggering," "schema surrender," "schema avoidance," and "schema overcompensation").  Finally, the types of Schema Modes commonly employed will be presented -- these comprise our dominant sub-personalities that give rise to trends in our emotions and behaviors.  Group discussion will focus on how these components of schemas apply to participants' personal experiences. To register to attend this group on Saturday, May 2, 2015, please see the directions below. 



The Dating and Relationship Group 

What is Your Attachment Style?  

In adult romantic relationships, often a major issue that arises between partners is the compatibility of their "attachment styles" and the impact, either positive or negative, of each person's attachment style on the other.  Formed early in life in response to characteristics of the family environment and relationships to which one was exposed, research indicates that attachment styles remain fairly consistent across the lifespan and determine the nature and quality of our romantic relationships.  As a couple therapist, I cannot over-emphasize the extent to which attachment styles manifest in relationships and often preclude couples' capacity to overcome conflict and achieve greater levels of closeness and intimacy.  In the next meeting of the Dating and Relationship Group on Saturday, May 2, 2015 (12:00 to 1:15 PM), I will introduce participants to the psychology of attachment styles and illustrate their role in adult romantic relationships.  I will also provide participants with questionnaires that will yield a determination of one's dominant attachment style. Discussion will be directed toward addressing the specific challenges of participants' attachment styles.  To register to attend this group on Saturday, May 2, 2015, please see the directions below.


The next meetings of the Men's Group and the Dating and Relationship Group will be on Saturday, May 2, 2015 at The Water Garden Business Center, 23421 South Pointe Drive, Suite 130, Laguna Hills, CA, 92653.  The fee is $25.00.  If you plan to attend, please RSVP ASAP to Dr. Tobin at 949-338-4388 or as space is limited in each group to the first 14 persons who register to attend. The Men's Group will be at 10:45 AM to 12:00 PM noon, and the Dating and Relationship Group at 12:00 noon to 1:15 PM. 

James Tobin, Ph.D., PSY 22074 | 949-338-4388 | 
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