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Schizotypals and the Working Environment

"There many things that family and friends can do to help a person with STPD. One of the simplest and most effective is to create a positive environment"


A story.

Imagine your first day walking into an office, hopes all high, relished for this opportunity to advance in your career. You meet all your co-workers, they seem nice, and they treat you well and respectfully, you sit at your desk, the one you have been seeking for years, what a dream coming true, the first day passes, such a great impression that you have of this place. The alarm rings on the second day, and the first thing that pops in your head is, “I want to stay at home,” but you push yourself and get up, you go to work, and you start thinking, “is this is really where I want to be?” but you shrug it off and remind yourself that you have always wanted this. You watch your co-workers talking and interacting with each other, and you feel left out, and so your mind says, “I shouldn’t be here,” and even if someone interacts with you, you always mistake their motives and find a way to end the conversation weirdly. Your boss asks you to work on something, but you can’t focus on anything, your productivity is very low, you keep wondering when will you be dismissed, and you keep thinking to yourself that you are not good enough and that you are better off alone, your mind tells you, “Your boss despises you, he gave you the hard work to cripple you, look at the way he speaks with others and the way he speaks to you. Working hard, you finish the final product, but you are not satisfied with it; it is never good enough, so you end the day by promising yourself that tomorrow will be better, but every day that passes, the same intrusive thoughts go further and intensifies. Your self-confidence diminishes by the fact that you are a failure and that you need to find a way to be self-employed and work solo without anybody having to tell you what to do or not, so you let go of your dream, leave your job, and start walking a lonely road.

Schizotypal personality disorder revisited.

It is a personality disorder that affects almost four percent of the population. People with schizotypal personality disorder are often described as eccentric and loners, they think of this world differently and typically don’t perceive life the way others do, especially considering relationships where they find it hard to connect with or trust anybody. They misinterpret events and deal with them with flat emotional responses. STPD can be easily confused with schizophrenia, and it is considered to be on the same spectrum. People with this condition prefer to live their own way. They may experience brief psychotic episodes, but not as frequent as schizophrenia also, they know their distorted reality and are aware of it.

Schizotypal personality disorder and the working environment.

People with STPD find it hard to deal with anybody outside their trust circle, which is most probably about their own close family, but even if they do, they still have their flaws in forming connections, especially when there is tension in the process such as the case with a working environment, they associate stress with people, and based on that they distance themselves away from these triggers.

Social anxiety and concentration.

People with STPD find it really hard to work with others, and they have an extreme interest in solitary activities. Teamwork is not something that they value, and it often causes underperformance. Studies have shown that they become paranoid around others and that their productivity gets reduced, therefore, they would rather work alone than work for someone.

Comfort zone.

People with STPD could turn to their advantages a work-from-home experience; they feel much safer at their place and much more confident, it is only at home where they feel like themselves, and have control over their work, especially nowadays, there are so many career opportunities that could fit their profile.

Psychotic episodes.

It is advocated that the people around you should have a hint of your psychological issues so that they can make certain accommodations if needed. Psychological comfort is crucial to reducing the possibility of potential breakdowns.


Schizotypal personality disorder requires work accommodations, their symptoms constitute certain constraints, and in order for them to be more productive, the working environment must be suitable. More studies need to be conducted regarding the effects of personality disorders and their work experience regarding many aspects, and how to optimize the right place for everyone.

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