Schizoid personality disorder is a rare condition in which people avoid social activities and routinely avoid interacting with others. You also have a limited range of emotional expression.
If you have schizoid personality disorder, you may be viewed as a loner or scorn for others, and you may lack the desire or ability to develop close personal relationships. Since you are not prone to showing emotion, you can create the impression that you do not care about other people or what is going on around you.
If you have schizoid personality disorder, it is likely that you:
- Rather be alone and do activities alone
- I don’t want or like close relationships
- Feel little or no need for sex
- Feel that you cannot experience pleasure
- Have difficulty expressing feelings and responding appropriately to situations
- May appear humorless, indifferent, or emotionally cold to others
- There may be a lack of motivation and goals
Personality is the combination of thoughts, emotions, and behaviors that make you unique. This is how you see, understand and interact with the outside world and see yourself. The personality arises in childhood, shaped by the interplay of inherited tendencies and environmental factors.
In normal development, children learn over time to accurately interpret social cues and respond appropriately. The causes of developing schizoid personality disorder are unknown, although a combination of genetic and environmental factors, particularly in early childhood, can play a role in the development of the disorder.
- Factors that increase your risk of developing schizoid personality disorder include:
- Do you have a parent or other family member who has schizoid personality disorder, schizotypic personality disorder, or schizophrenia
Having a parent who is cold, careless, or insensitive to emotional needs
- People with schizoid personality disorder are at increased risk for:
- Developing a schizotypic personality disorder, schizophrenia, or other delusional disorder
Other personality disorders