Schizotypal Personality Type

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Definition: Idiosyncrasy: "1. A structural or behavioral characteristic peculiar to an individual or group. 2. A physiological or temperamental peculiarity."


"eccentricity, idiosyncrasy are not always clearly distinguished when they denote an act, a practice, or a characteristic that impresses the observer as strange or singular. Eccentricity ... emphasizes the idea or divergence from the usual or customary; Idiosyncrasy implies a following of one's peculiar temperament or bent especially in trait, trick , or habit; the former often suggests mental aberration, the latter, strong individuality and independence of action ..."

Analogous: "peculiarity, individuality, distinctiveness or distinction, characteristicness or characteristic: manner, way, method, mode: mannerism, affectation, pose"

Analogous:"peculiarity, individuality, distinctiveness or distinction, characteristicness or characteristic: manner, way, method, mode: mannerism, affectation, pose

Character Strengths and Virtues

  1. Originality, integrity, bravery, confidence.
  2. Independence, purposefulness.
  3. Creativity, artistry.
  4. Openness to experience, curiosity, spirituality.
  5. Open-mindedness.
  6. Alertness, sensitivity.

Characteristic Traits

  1. Inner life. Idiosyncratic individuals are tuned in to and sustained by their own feelings and belief systems, whether or not others accept or understand their particular worldview or approach to life.
  2. Own world. They are self-directed and independent, requiring few close relationships.
  3. Own thing. Oblivious to convention, Idiosyncratic individuals create interesting, unusual, often eccentric lifestyles.
  4. Expanded reality. Open to anything, they are interested in the occult, the extrasensory, and the supernatural.
  5. Metaphysics. They are drawn to abstract and speculative thinking.
  6. Outward view. Though they are inner-directed and follow their own hearts and minds, Idiosyncratic men and women are keen observers of others, particularly sensitive to how other people react to them.


Unconventional , self-directed, independent , openmindedness , inner-directed, inner strength , focused ("intense concentration", creative, freethinking, emotional intensity, self-contained , indifferent , creativity, curiosity, openness , uniqueness , spiritual , interesting, original, spiritual, creative, gifted , self-intense .

Signature Strengths

"Creativity [originality, ingenuity]: Thinking of novel and productive ways to conceptualize and do things; includes artistic achievement but is not limited to it

"Curiosity [interest, novelty-seeking, openness to experience]: Taking an interest in ongoing experience for its own sake; finding subjects and topics fascinating; exploring and discovering

"Open-mindedness [judgment, critical thinking]: Thinking things through and examining them from all sides; Not jumping to conclusions; being able to change one's mind in light of evidence; weighing all evidence fairly "

"Bravery [valor]: Not shrinking from threat, challenge, difficulty, or pain; speaking up for what is right even if there is opposition; acting on convictions even if unpopular; includes physical bravery but is not limited to it"

"Appreciation of beauty and excellence [awe, wonder, elevation]: Noticing and appreciating beauty, excellence, and/or skilled performance in various domains of life, from nature to art to mathematics to science to everyday experience"

"Spirituality [religiousness, faith, purpose]: Having coherent beliefs about the higher purpose and meaning of the universe; knowing where one fits within the larger scheme; having beliefs about the meaning of life that shape conduct and provide comfort"

Real World




Careers and Jobs for the Idiosyncratic type

  1. Judge
  2. Management consultant
  3. Economist
  4. Scientist
  5. Computer programmer
  6. Environmental planner
  7. New business developer
  8. Curriculum designer
  9. Administrator
  10. Mathematician
  11. Psychologist
  12. Neurologist
  13. Biomedical researcher
  14. Strategic planner
  15. Civil engineer
  16. Intellectual properties attorney
  17. Designer
  18. Editor/art director
  19. Inventor
  20. Informational-graphics
  21. ...Designer
  22. Financial planner



Good/Bad Matches


non-conformity, dreaming, the spirit, visions, mysticism, eccentricity, freethinking idiosyncratic feelings and belief systems, worldview, and approach to life, odd habits, self-direction, independence, the occult, the extrasensory, the supernatural, abstract and speculative thinking, being inner-directed, observing others, new experiences and feelings, rapture, freedom from rules,


conformity, convention, tradition, close relationships, how other people react to them, that others think them strange, old belief systems, joining, affiliation, adapting, accepting or espousing anyone else's principles and beliefs, standard explanations, ridicule, doubt, uncertainty, disillusionment, the "regular" world, narrow-minded people, normal behavior standards, others' expectations, accepting authority

Noteworthy Examples

Hannah Arendt, Clive Barker, Tim Burton, John Cage, Italo Calvino, Kurt Cobain, Elvis Costello, René Descartes, Umberto Eco, Maurits Cornelis Escher, Albert Einstein, Oriana Fallaci, Glenn Gould, Werner Heisenberg, James Joyce, Franz Kafka, Buster Keaton, Stephen King, Stanley Kubrick, R.D. Laing, k. d. lang, Gary Larson, John Lennon, David Lynch, James Madison, Iris Murdoch, Friedrich Nietzsche, Georgia O'Keeffe, Jean-Paul Sartre, Klaus Tennstedt, Billy Bob Thornton, M.C. Escher, Stephen King, John Ono Lennon,


John M. Oldham and Lois B. Morris (1995). The New Personality Self-Portrait: Why You Think, Work, Love and Act the Way You Do. New York: Bantam.

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