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Schizoid Personality Disorder

  1. Steven K. Huprich

Published Online: 30 JAN 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9780470479216.corpsy0819

Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology

Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology

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Huprich, S. K. 2010. Schizoid Personality Disorder. Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology. 1–2.

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  1. Eastern Michigan University

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  1. Published Online: 30 JAN 2010


Schizoid personality disorder (SPD) is one of the most interesting and theoretically complex personality disorders. In the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV-TR; American Psychiatric Association, 2000), SPD is described as 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; and (7) shows emotional coldness, detachment, or flattened affectivity” (p. 697).


  • schizoid;
  • schizotypy;
  • schizophrenia spectrum