Curbing Unrelenting Standards

Episode 105 – Curbing Unrelenting Standards

In the final episode of our series on schemas and schema therapy, Chris and Rowan discuss unrelenting standards. Unrelenting standards or hypercriticalness is the final of the 18 schemas we will discuss and relates to rigid internal expectations for our behaviour and performance. Unrelenting standards are a significant contributor to depression and anxiety.

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This Week’s Links

Feeling Disconnected & Rejected: The Essentials of Schema Therapy – Episode 102 of Psych Spiels and the first episode in this series.

Developing Your Self & Your Self-Control: The Essentials of Schema Therapy – Episode 103 of Psych Spiels and the second episode in this series

Expressing Ourselves Freely: The Essentials of Schema Therapy – Episode 104 of Psych Spiels and the third episode in this series

Some Basics of Schema Therapy – Episode 87 of Psych Spiels

Enhancing the Power of Therapy with Chair Work – Blog by Chris on chair work, a therapy technique related to schema therapy.

Time to Face Inner Selves – Geelong Advertiser article by Chris on a similar topic related to schema therapy



The Presenters

Rowan Mackey is a content producer and digital creative. After studying sports media and law at the University of Canberra, he found himself drawn to digital media after attending the first conference for podcasters in the southern hemisphere, We Are Podcast in 2016. He is also the principal of Easygoing Digital, where he has been involved in over 700,000 podcast downloads as a presenter and producer.

He currently produces the official Geelong Cats AFL and AFLW podcasts and is a producer of the TV show Destination Happiness airing nationally in Australia on Channel 9 and Internationally with the Discovery Channel. He has also worked with notable organisations such as The Geelong Grammar School and Lyons Construction.

Rowan is the Digital Media Manager at Chris Mackey and Associates.

Chris Mackey is a clinical and counselling psychologist and Fellow of The Australian Psychological Society with 40 years of psychotherapy experience. The second edition of Chris’s book, The Positive Psychology of Synchronicity: Enhance Your Mental Health with the Power of Coincidence, was released internationally in August 2019.

Chris is also the resident psychologist for TV show Destination Happiness, where he presents the “Happy Mind” segment, involving brief tips based on the science of positive psychology. He also writes a regular opinion column for The Geelong Advertiser and is the resident psychologist on K-Rock radio in the mornings.

Chris was the recipient of the 2019 Australian Allied Health Impact Award for his clinical research and training, media involvement and for authoring a book on positive psychology and synchronicity.

Get in touch with Chris and Rowan – [email protected]

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