I met Roy at a local bar. That Friday night, he had reluctantly joined his co-workers (my friends) for drinks. He wasn’t particularly interested in the conversations so I started talking to him.
Roy told me he had been working and living in the city for over two years. He said he didn’t know many people in here. On the weekends he would get in his car, drive for a couple of hours and hike at some remote location. He played guitar but he didn’t like going to concerts or playing with other people. I got the feeling he wasn’t enjoying our conversation so I left him alone.
I only saw Roy a handful of times the next year. Always at the same bar, with his co-workers but unwilling to socialize. He was a good-looking guy in his late twenties so he would attract some female attention. Roy however, was never responsive to those advances. He wasn’t shy or afraid to speak to girls, he just didn’t want to flirt and didn’t care for them.
My friends were convinced he was gay and afraid to come out to them, but speculations ended when he started dating a girl we all knew. The relationship was brief and not without troubles. Roy wasn’t very involved and kept going on solitary hikes every weekend.
The deal-breaker for the girl, she later confided, was the fact that they almost never had sex. She started believing that the rumors about his orientation were true but then found out that Roy had a big collection of heterosexual porn he watched regularly. When she finally broke things off with him, he didn’t seem relieved nor upset.
After the breakup, Roy had the perfect excuse to avoid the bar and us all together. He’d go to work every day and come home to himself. He wouldn’t even travel to his hometown for the holidays and had very little contact with his family.
The following year, Roy started drinking heavily. It was obvious for everyone in the company that he had a problem. His work started to suffer and HR recommended he seek ‘counseling’. He was reluctant to do so but he was also afraid to lose his job. He was eventually diagnosed with alcohol abuse and schizoid personality disorder. After two months of therapy, Roy quit his job and moved away. We never heard from him again.
Prevalence in the general population: 1.7%–4.9% *
Comorbid with: Schizotypal (19.2%), Avoidant (12.3%), Obsessive-compulsive (5.5%) *
More common in males
Course: Insufficient information
*Sources: Lenzenweger et al. (2007)
Torgersen, Kringlen, and Cramer (2001)
Zimmerman, M., Rothschild, L., & Chelminski, I. (2005)