BETWEEN LACK OF EMOTION AND THE INABILITY TO EXPRESS EMOTION
ICD-10 attempts to describe the schizoid’s lack of emotion by the following personality traits:
--- inability to express feelings
--- indifference to praise or criticism.
High-level schizoids display a true lack of emotion.
They do not express emotion because they cannot feel that emotion.
In fact, they exhibit apathy, and have no motivation.
Motivation is driven by emotion – when there is no emotion, there will be no motivation.
Mikel describes it this way, ‘the engine fails to fire because it lacks the spark of emotion’.
Moving down the schizoid scale towards the medium-level,
the first signs of emotion become apparent …..
At this level, although they may experience some emotion, they are often unable to express that emotion ...
Nevertheless, they do experience emotion, and may even express it under certain conditions.
In addition, they have the motivation to work on projects they find satisfying …..
Thus, the apathy present in the high-level schizoid, is absent in the medium-level schizoid.
Schizoids range between experiencing NO true emotion,
and an inability to express emotion ... but
wherever the person falls on the schizoid scale, he/she will never be able to experience a full,
free and happy emotional life.
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