People with schizoid personality disorder avoid relationships and do not show much emotion. Unlike avoidants, schizoids genuinely prefer to be alone and do not secretly wish for popularity. They tend to seek jobs that require little social contact. Their social skills are often weak and they do not show a need for attention or acceptance. They are perceived by others as humorless and distant and often are termed "loners."
It is important to distinguish schizoid from avoidant. Avoidants will feel anxiety in social situations
and have the desire to fit in, while schizoids simply prefer to be alone. It is occassionally difficult
to distinguish between schizoid and Asperger's, as well.
This disorder is diagnosed more frequently and is often more severe among males. Schizoids usually do not seek treatment on their own and are often coaxed into it by a loved one.
Talk about this disorder on our schizoid forum.
Party of One: The Loner's Manifesto
"Self-reliant, each loner swims alone through a social world—a world of teams, troops and groups—that scorns and misunderstands those who stand apart. Loners know better than anyone how to entertain themselves—and how to contemplate and to create. They have a knack for imagination, concentration, inner discipline, and invention—a talent for not being bored."