The Role of Shame in the Development of the Schizoid Process

Lynn Martin


The author considers the role of shame and the response to it, which she
describes as self-protective avoidance of relationship, in the development of a
schizoid process. She proposes that the intention and action of suicide may in
some cases be the ultimate schizoid withdrawal. She describes her work over 10
years with a young woman who required a gentle, attuned, relational process to
help her heal a relational split.


Schizoid process; schizoid compromise; shame; suicidal ideation; suicide; somatic; psychogenic pain; script beliefs; attunement; relational needs

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