Monday, March 16, 2015


Self-withdrawal equals self-retreat equals self-isolation: This in a nutshell is “Schizoid Personality Disorder”. For one reason or another, the mental affliction makes someone comfortable only with oneself. Hence, the less social contact there is, the better it is for someone suffering a “Schizoid” personality constitution. The said self-isolation is both comfortable and comforting to the person concerned. But just the same, habitual or constitutional social withdrawal is something outside the realm of the normal – considering the innate social nature of the human person.

Let it be immediately pointed out that a “Schizoid” person is not someone really “Anti-social”. Basically, while the former shuns society for wanting to be alone, the latter however practically damns society by engaging in contra-common social value system and standard social mores. The “Schizoid Personality Disorder” proper makes the subject concerned uncomfortable with human interaction, making him or her some kind of an introvert incarnate. It is for this reason that there are people who look at and/or call such an individual as someone eccentric on account of their desired self-isolation and preferred alone-ness.

It is then understandable that those afflicted with the “Disorder” – with the avid preference to be simply by themselves – exert much effort to have as few social contacts as possible. Before and after work – if any – they look for their usual ways and means to be once more alone by themselves. To be alone or solitary, this they seek, maintain and enjoy. People are bothersome. They are a big burden to bear. They are troublesome to relate with. Conclusion: The lesser social contacts the better. But the absence of social contacts is the best.

Unsociable” - this can be the more simple and plain way of describing the inherent nature and consequent disposition of those suffering from the “Disorder”. Alone but not lonely, solitary yet contented, could be longing for something but not for somebody – this is being “dissocial” or “unsociable”. This is why the “Schizoid” individual practically shuns if not earnestly avoids even emotional/amorous relationships. Thus it is that the individual concerned is also socially indifferent and wherefore likewise socially uncommitted.

Solitary interests and agenda, quiet way of doing preferential options, emotional/amorous indifference – these particulars well describe the main features of a person with the “Disorder”. Cold and aloof, indifference and detachment, disinterest and passivity – these terms amply qualify the personality traits of someone with the “Disorder”. Not to be intimately involved with someone, not to be really bothered by social relations and thus remain by himself/herself – these are ingrained personal features of those afflicted by the “Disorder”. So is it that the subject person with the said personal liability has few needs and practically no demands, and thus basically feels self-sufficient and self-reliant.