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Jun. 18th, 2003 | 02:55 pm

Last night I went to the Caltech queer group and learned about the schizoid personality type. The tendency to avoid people and be rather emotionless seemed somewhat familiar. So I found http://www.4degreez.com/misc/personality_disorder_test.mv.

According to that test it thought I was more of an avoidant personality. Though the anhedoina of schizoid does seem familiar...

Oh yeah, the thing that reminded me to go investigate these possible personality types was I was arguing with my coworker on how much to talk to to people writing a library that we're using. He thinks it's a good idea to stay in touch with them and make sure they know what were doing with their code. I mostly want to avoid interacting with them, because they're people and therefor frightening.

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from: musicwomyn
date: Jun. 18th, 2003 03:15 pm (UTC)
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I hope you don't hold this test to be too credible. I just took out of curiosity and, although the questions are valid, they are to general and do not leave room for variation. For example, one of the questions asked "Have you had recurrent thoughts of suicide?" Is that "ever?" Most personality disorders should not, and cannot, be diagnosed with self report. It's even ironic that they wouldask these questions when certain disorders are prone to lying. "Do you often lie?" no...he he he. Anyone else see the irony? Anyway, my point is that knowing you have a personality disorder will get you no where. My old therapist would have said they are useless because all you focus on is the label, instead of looking at the symptoms and working on them. You are trying to find something out about yourself by taking these tests, but sometimes they do more damage than good. Especially, since they are unreliable. Sorry, you bring a psych. major into this mess and look what you get. If you do fee like you are having interpersonal problems, there are some cool books out there that can help. There is also a short term therapy for personality nd interpersonal relainship problems called Time Limited Dynamic Psychotherapy (TLDP). It is about 14 weeks and you only focus on interpersonal relationship problems. It's pretty cool and effective, from what I've read.

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from: alienghic
date: Jun. 18th, 2003 03:28 pm (UTC)
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I think it might be slightly more credible than the vast majority of tests that meander though LJ. But being more credible than what matrix character are you is trivial.

It's not an actual psychological instrument in the hands of a trained professional.

But I have been feeling rather introverted as of late.

There's the example of not wanting to email to try and open up a more regular channel of communication with some other developers, or I've been avoiding trying to find a place for the bike group I've been working with because it would involve talking to people.

So I do have some issues with feeling uncomfortable with people. The more specific experience is not wanting to bother them. (annoy with my presence).

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from: usqueba
date: Jun. 18th, 2003 10:52 pm (UTC)
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although the questions are valid

I don't think all the questions are valid. In places, they asked two questions on one line. I can't remember any examples but it would ask, "Do you X and Y?" Weeeelll I do X but I don't Y. So I can't answer that question properly.

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