Several times, after a lecture or workshop, a person has come up to me (often someone who was sitting quietly in the back, closest to the door), checked to be sure he or she was not impinging, and said something like, “I just want to thank you for your chapter on schizoid personality. You really got us.” […]
I am struck by the use of the plural: “us.” I have been wondering lately whether schizoid people are in a similar psychological position to that of individuals in sexual minorities. That is, they are sensitive to the risk of being considered “deviant” or “sick” or “behavior-disordered” by those of us with more common psychologies simply because they are a minority. […]
We have tended both to equate dynamics with pathology and to generalize about a whole class of people on the basis of individuals who have sought treatment for something problematic about their idiosyncratic version of their psychology.
—  McWilliams, N. (2006, February). Some Thoughts about Schizoid Dynamics. The Psychoanalytic Review, 93(1), 1-24.

anonymous asked:

for me it was always that autism usually presents in children already whereas szpd as a personality disorder tends to manifest by early adulthood. so if one already is autistic, they usually don't develop szpd on top of that? idk does it make sense?

Yeah that does make sense. I mean when I was researching szpd it sounded like in the past autism was sometimes viewed by doctors as early onset szpd. It was even occasionally called “schizoid disorder of childhood”.

But they also are differentiated symptom-wise from what I can tell and to say that they’re the same ignores the internal experience that drives their external presentation. 

Basically differential dx is hard, and whether or not they can co-occur is debatable/up to individual interpretation, but I suspect if I were to seek an szpd diagnosis I would be rejected on the basis that I’ve already been accurately diagnosed as autistic. The DSM just doesn’t seem to allow for both to be diagnosed together by a professional.

I appreciate the input though! It’s definitely a complex thing which is part of why I personally don’t want to self-dx with szpd or stpd even though I am pro-self diagnosis. 

  • me: why don't i have any friends?
  • me: *prefers own company*
  • me: *lies to get out of social situations*
  • me: *cancels social plans to spend time alone*
  • me: *hates leaving the house*
  • me: *feels anxious when people come over for a visit*
  • me: hmm

Stop demonizing people with low empathy 2k16

Stop assuming that all people with low empathy are assholes who don’t give a damn 2k16

Stop saying that people with low empathy are hurtful to others because of bad intentions 2k16

Stop pretending that people with low empathy don’t have any sense of right and wrong 2k16

Stop equating low empathy with being sadistic 2k16

Having low empathy is not a choice. Empathy is not something you can learn. But that doesn’t mean they are assholes or anything else, or that they want to hurt others.

when u fake emotion for someone and they don’t even appreciate it like ?? I pretended to not be completely apathetic if u would die right in this moment and this is how u repay me

“You don’t seem like you have a disorder”

Well yeah because I get shunned every time I show signs.