Previously, Aspie disregard for social norms.
I had to look schizoid up because it’s been a while since I read about it, and it’s different enough from schizophrenic, schizotypal, etc. that I expect you’ll also want a synopsis.
Schizoid personality disorder (SPD) is a personality disorder characterized by a lack of interest in social relationships, a tendency towards a solitary or sheltered lifestyle, secretiveness, emotional coldness, detachment, and apathy. Affected individuals may be unable to form intimate attachments to others and simultaneously demonstrate a rich, elaborate and exclusively internal fantasy world.
SPD is not the same as schizophrenia or schizotypal personality disorder. But there is some evidence of links and shared genetic risk between SPD, other cluster A personality disorders and schizophrenia. Thus, SPD is considered to be a “schizophrenia-like personality disorder”.
A cluster analysis would probably find this bound up with Asperger’s, introversion, and the ADHD/OCD/Tourette’s triad. The distinguishing factor appears to be social anxiety.
While people affected with APD avoid social interactions due to anxiety or feelings of incompetence, those with SPD do so because they are genuinely indifferent to social relationships. A 1989 study, however, found that “schizoid and avoidant personalities were found to display equivalent levels of anxiety, depression, and psychotic tendencies as compared to psychiatric control patients.” There also seems to be some shared genetic risk between SPD and AvPD (see schizoid-avoidant behavior).
Several sources to date have confirmed the synonymy of SPD and avoidant attachment style. However, the distinction should be made that individuals with SPD characteristically do not seek social interactions merely due to lack of interest, while those with avoidant attachment style can in fact be interested in interacting with others, but without establishing connections of much depth or length due to having little tolerance for any kind of intimacy.
So a schizoid personality will disregard social norms because they are uninterested in them, whether the schizoid happens to be aware of them or not. It seems likely that Vox’s Sigma personality is a combination of schizoid personality and entitlement, and possibly solipsistic (where entitled + solipsistic = narcissistic).
This schizoid category describes me reasonably well, but not perfectly. It’s quite interesting that the distinguishing factor is social anxiety because I had strong social anxiety back before I was a genius, and now I don’t have any social anxiety. On the other hand, I still have normal-to-highish levels of general anxiety with respect to consequences. So I don’t have any fear of public speaking now, and could pull down my pants onstage without embarrassment if it was in front of a crowd I’d never see again, but I do fear the material consequences of public humiliation.
It’s interesting to think about the shifts in personality traits I’ve observed in myself during transitions between phases of my life. I think I’ll do an inventory of those traits tomorrow, then finish off this series with sociopaths and ODD. Man, this conscientiousness thing is nice, I’d recommend it to anybody.