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Schizotypal Personality

 

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Description

The Schizotypal Personality occurs where a person is very disturbed, with irrational thoughts.

Noticeable symptoms may include:

  • Inappropriate and untimely display of emotions.
  • Odd dress, speech and general behavior.
  • Strange beliefs. Superstitious. Complex fantasies.
  • Uncomfortable in social situations.
  • Poor social skills. Few friends.

Discussion

The schizotypal personality is perhaps the most troubled disorder as they find themselves at odds with the world. They often have outlandish beliefs about conspiracies, aliens, psychic powers and so on.

This different view on things makes it difficult to form relationships with people who do not believe likewise and they may hence live on the edges of society, convinced that only they know the terrible truth.

A sad thing is that they often would like to have friends -- it is just that their oddness and different views makes it difficult for others to relate to them. Getting close to others may simply result in suspicion as to the their motives.

The Schizotypal Personality Disorder is one of the ten DSM-IV personality disorders. 30-50% of such people also have a depressive condition.

The schizotypal personality is not as extreme as a person with schizophrenia, where a person hallucinates and cannot tell the difference between the inner and outer worlds. The schizotypal person usually knows the difference -- they just have beliefs that may make it seem they are on (or perhaps from) a different planet.

See also

Beliefs, Coping Mechanisms

 

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