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characterological organization, interpersonal
processes, and
developmental origins of schizoid process. Therapy of
process is discussed in terms of presentation of the
schizoid in
psychotherapy, development of the therapeutic
relationship, stages
of therapy, and treatment suggestions and cautions. The
process is important enough to warrant more attention
than it
currently receives, partly because, to some degree,
experiences some facets of it. Discussions about the
schizoid process
can clarify issues related to contact, isolation, and
intimacy in
relation to people with a variety of character styles
who operate at
levels of personal functioning ranging from normal
neurosis through
serious character disorders. True schizoids are also
fairly common.
These are individuals for whom the schizoid process is
central to
their dynamics and who fit the DSM-IV (American
Association, 1994) diagnostic criteria. They tend to be
quiet patients
who do not cause much trouble or make many demands. If
therapist does not know about the schizoid process and
how to work
with it, such clients may well be in therapy for a long
time without
really dealing with their most basic issues.
This article is a modified version of a keynote address
given on 20
August 1999 at the annual conference of the
Transactional Analysis Association in San Francisco. In
this article I