Fun with Personality Disorders (Part 2)

Because Fifth Gear isn't ready to download and because I am detecting random people reading this blog, I will continue to explore personality disorders. This second disorder is also part of the Cluster A alongside Paranoid Personality Disorder:

Diagnostic criteria for 301.20 Schizoid Personality Disorder

A. A pervasive pattern of detachment from social relationships and a restricted range of expression of emotions in interpersonal settings, beginning by early adulthood and present in a variety of contexts, as indicated by four (or more) of the following:

(1) neither desires nor enjoys close relationships, including being part of a family
(2) almost always chooses solitary activities
(3) has little, if any, interest in having sexual experiences with another person
(4) takes pleasure in few, if any, activities
(5) lacks close friends or confidants other than first-degree relatives
(6) appears indifferent to the praise or criticism of others
(7) shows emotional coldness, detachment, or flattened affectivity

So someone who is a Schizoid is basically a shut-in who dislikes people, sex, hobbies, and has no emotion. It also says that these people enjoy playing solitary activities like RPGs, buidling model trains. I wonder how these people are able to survive without a network of acquiantances or family ties? And I wonder if they socialise online through messengers, Chat Rooms, or MMORPGS since they are physically detached from dealing with real people in real world settings. The ultimate question is what factors or events can turn a seemingly normal person into a complete shut-in by the time they reach adulthood?


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