Are schizoids dangerous

Personality and Aggression Part 4: The Schizoid

He is not a leadership type, rather a loner who lives by his own laws and strives for independence - according to the motto: The strong are most powerful alone. Left on his own, he can develop considerable ambition. Especially where he can show his keen observation skills, his analytical skills or even his creative talents. It is not uncommon for the schizoid character to show ingenious qualities.

"With the genius, loneliness and independence have a positive effect, as he can recognize things more freely from tradition and consideration that the secure and traditional does not see or dare to see. His exposed situation allows him to come to insights that can transcend boundaries of from which others respectfully stay away. " (1)

It is not surprising that many important scientists and artists such as Albert Einstein or Charly Chaplin exemplify the schizoid character. Headstrong individuals with keen powers of observation and high intellect. Creative individualists who can change the world with their wealth of ideas. But at the same time sensitive, egocentric personalities who place the development of their inner spiritual world above that of relationships and cooperative action.

The high emotional sensitivity of such people makes them extremely vulnerable and unstable beings with a tendency towards uncontrolled expressions of emotions. On the smallest of occasions, which for others are often only minor issues, they react with affect-like, reckless aggression, reminiscent of the reflexes of a cornered animal. These destructive, hurtful reactions often have a deterrent effect on other people and make any kind of relationship more difficult because they are incomprehensible to outsiders.

The aggression of the schizoid does not primarily serve to exercise power and influence, as is the case with the choleric. Rather, they are to be understood as archaic defensive reactions against the influences on his person that appear dangerous to him. Behind this are deep existential fears of addiction and emotional attachment.

Due to early childhood rejection by the mother, the schizoid character could not develop the necessary basic trust in interpersonal "contact". Due to the lack of this fundamental experience, he harbors a deep distrust of any form of closeness, security and interpersonal feelings. He quickly perceives tenderness, affection, even an expression of sympathy as a personal threat and an attack on his autonomy and individuality.

The inability to forge and maintain relationships is the greatest weakness of the schizoid character, for closeness and genuine relationship cannot flourish in an atmosphere of suspicion. Therefore he avoids permanent ties and seeks his salvation in the greatest possible independence and autonomy. He tries to rationalize the emotions that are dangerous to him through cold objectivity. He often flees into an intellectual world of illusion in which feelings do not seem to play a role.

For fear of giving up on himself, he avoids any kind of closeness, trust, honest discussion and real relationship. This forces the schizoid person into a vicious circle of isolation, lack of experience and increasing fear, because due to his lack of relationships he is unable to reduce his insecurities in interpersonal relationships.

In the schizoid character, for example, one experiences a clear difference in the degree of maturity between rationality and emotionality. Basically, it is very difficult for him to integrate feelings into his thoughts and actions. He is barely able to control his affects and feels no guilt for what he is doing. The palette of his emotional expression possibilities lacks the important mid-tones for binding interpersonal communication.

It is understandable that adaptability, willingness to cooperate and the ability to work in a team are not the strengths of the schizoid personality. Due to her lack of contact and her emotional unpredictability, she is quickly perceived as a foreign body or troublemaker within a group. But if you want to integrate your creative potential, you should give it a certain special role and, if possible, spare it social responsibility.

Dealing with schizoid executives is not easy because they often try to escape their responsibility and avoid being close to their employees. They maintain a cold, intellectual distance from their employees and colleagues and are therefore difficult to assess. Since they have difficulty responding to emotions, it is advisable to be gentle with them. Open but objective communication is helpful here in order to avoid conflicts and build trust. On this basis, people and relationships can develop in the long term.

For those who discover schizoid traits in themselves, the most important thing is to develop the opposite pole to the pursuit of self-preservation and independence: the search for real relationships, allowing human closeness and, ultimately, the integration of emotions into one's own thoughts and actions the important steps to a mature and integrable personality. If you manage to get through your suffering and your fears and to overcome them, you can achieve the highest level of humanity and social competence.