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People with Schizoid Personality Disorder are typically seen as “loners” – they are uncomfortable with close relationships and often do not marry or form long-lasting romantic relationships. They sometimes appear to others as being cold and unsociable, and often prefer solitary jobs. The disorder is common, affecting a few percent of the population; however, it is rarely diagnosed.

For schizoid personality disorder to be diagnosed, the client will display at least four of the following:

  • Does not enjoy or desire close relationships, including those within a family
  • Will choose solitary activities in the majority of cases
  • Little or no interest in sexual activities with another person
  • Enjoys very few, if any, activities
  • Very few close friends or confidants
  • Appears unaffected by praise or criticism
  • Emotionally cold, bland or detached