Avoidants who become schizoid
Some personalities who
are avoidant in origin, may become schizoid.
The frustrations and humiliations they experience generate an overwhelming anger.
So-called “defence mechanisms” provide a solution to the conflict by isolating and repressing
their anger and their emotions.
The person, who is left with few
emotions, has become schizoid – not a pure schizoid, but an intermediate
This ‘converted’ schizoid yearns for social relations, but is incapable.
The resultant anxiety, rather than the social indifference, leads to intense loneliness
It is not only avoidants who stand the risk of becoming schizoid, but also obsessives.
DSM-II integrate schizoid and avoidant in the same group,
while DSM-III place the avoidant in a different group.
ICD-10 theorizes that the schizoid fantasizes, but this
is more true of the schizoid-avoidant than of the pure schizoid.
I mention this here merely for clarity, and for the sake of interest.
And continue on the premise that ICD-10 and DSM-IV are similar.
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