Nanette Burton Mongelluzzo
“The healthy man does not torture others. Generally, it is the tortured who turn into torturers.”—Carl Jung
In the previous two blogs we have been discussing self-esteem and the gift of challenging people. In the first blog, we looked at the characteristics of challenging people who may be in your life. In part two, we began looking at the types of challenging people. This blog will continue with the discussion around types of challenging folks.
This is not intended for readers to use to diagnose self or others. It can be useful information as a beginning point to understand why some people may be more difficult for you and others. We will continue with this discussion and cover what you can do about being in a relationship with someone who is challenging. We don’t want to give up on others just because it may be a challenge.
The Schizotypal Personality
This personality is discussed in the DSM-IV-TR as one characterized by “a pervasive pattern of social and interpersonal deficits marked by acute discomfort with, and reduced capacity for, close relationships as well as by cognitive or perceptual distortions and eccentricities of behavior.”
This type of personality is known for having superstitious or paranormal preoccupation that is “outside the norms of their subculture.” This personality may believe he has special powers or psychic abilities or magical control. Voices may be heard murmuring their name and they may engage in magical rituals. Their speech may be vague, digressive, and include unusual or idiosyncratic phrasing.
One of the best film examples of this personality disorder is Taxi Driver, staring Robert De Niro as Travis Bickle. Travis is an almost perfect textbook schizotypal personality. As a note of caution: Most schizotypal personality types are not dangerous. This was portrayed differently in this film.