Considering the feeling of self-containment and self-sufficiency plus self-fulfillment and the marked preference of self-withdrawal together with its consequent self-isolation, it becomes rather understandable that someone suffering from a “Schizoid Personality Disorder” would rather remain by himself/herself instead of being with others, would prefer living single and alone – instead of having a family of his/her own.
Indifference to and detachment from social relationship as well as coldness and disinterest in standard social interactions – aloneness without being lonely – such is the main trait of someone afflicted with the “Disorder”. Somebody with a “Schizoid” personality constitution is not somebody who could be realistically considered a good “neighbor”, a dependable “collaborator”, a good and faithful “ally”. He or she feels more at peace and at ease contented when alone – withdrawn from human fellowship. So it is that self-isolation/self-withdrawal from social affiliations is thus understandably sought and enjoyed.
For such personally disturbed individuals, there is really no need of others for him or her to trust on, to confide to, to depend upon. In fact, friends, much less “bosom” friends are neither sought after, nor enjoyed for that matter. In fact, said individuals are in no way really disturbed or truly worried about what others think and say about them – be these praises or insults. Their self-absorption is such that they distance themselves from others as a matter of course – whenever such withdrawal is possible. They feel that emotional actions and reactions towards others are irrelevant – considering that they are in fact far from being emotional persons precisely because they are cold towards others and therefore unsympathetic to their good or evil, nonchalant about their own sorrow or joy.
Manifesting real joy and expressing big displeasure, showing much appreciation and articulating big anger – these are outside the standard world of those saddled by the “Disorder”. Being basically emotionless, said individuals are thus indifferent to the laughter and tears of others – being thus confirmed loners. As above already pointed out, they withdraw themselves from inter-relational groupings in favor of self-isolation. More passive than reactive, more indifferent than committed, more self-focused than concerned with others – these are the standard affective stance of those suffering from the personality anomaly.
Again: Self-isolation – alone, solitary, secluded – can be considered as the over-all nature and description of the “Disorder” which is basically antithetical to the social disposition of man who precisely seeks the company of others in order to complement his needs, to experience the pleasure and savor the benefits of solidarity.