A life trap is a tenet of the developing Schema Therapy theory, or a thought pattern brought on by personal experiences which *causes* the very same dysfunctions that we seek to avoid. Someone who fears, for example, that others will betray them based on past experience or childhood trauma will develop coping patterns and trains of thought which make them especially susceptible to instigating betrayal, Knowing your unhealthy thought patterns is the first step to reassessing and correcting them.
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