Schizoid PD is a longstanding pattern of thinking, feeling, and acting that involves a preference for solitude over company and a lack of emotional expression.
Do I have schizoid personality disorder?
Ask yourself if any of these symptoms of schizoid personality disorder describe your experiences:
- You have few – if any – close relationships
- You do not enjoy being a part of a family
- You are anhedonic – meaning you do not experience pleasure from social relationships or physical activity
- People tell you that you appear cold or aloof
If you have any of these symptoms, reach out for help.
How schizoid personality disorder is different than avoidant personality disorder
Schizoid PD is very similar to its neighbor, avoidant PD, which is also marked by social isolation and social withdrawal.
What sets schizoid apart from avoidant PD is that in schizoid PD, social isolation is ego-syntonic (being alone sits perfectly fine with schizoid individuals); whereas in avoidant PD, the social isolation is ego-dystonic (individuals do not like their social isolation and want interpersonal closeness but fear rejection, humiliation, and disapproval.
One of the symptoms of schizoid personality disorder is indifference to the praise or criticism of others.
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If you think you might have schizoid PD, feel free to contact me for a consultation or for therapy.
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