Interpersonal Relationships: Schizophrenia

To enhance any relationship, first find out what the other person needs and then fill that need. To end a relationship, the reverse is true. Find out what the other person needs and keep those needs unfilled.

Regarding “interpersonal relationships—”

I‘d like to make the point that it is a challenge for everyone in one way or another.

We tend to have different variables that affect the challenges we face:

(a) Organic/physiological variables—neurological in nature  (e.g. schizophrenia, autism, head injures, etc.)
(b) External variables—environmental factors

Everybody has environmental factors; it’s a part of being human.  Our histories determine how this variable impacts our relationships.

In a way, most of us have organic factors at some point in our lives. Either we are born with them, or, as we age, our brains change and this has an effect on our thought processes. However, MS, dementia, strokes, and other variables may occur later in life. And these too tend to affect our interpersonal relationships.

Due to my organic factor being part schizophrenia and part autism, and the stress and disturbances of my peace of mind which my disrupted interpersonal relationships has had over my life, and still ongoing, I have taken my psychologist’s suggestion that we address this issue. I think it will help, and I can begin by deciding if/when I feel comfortable talking about it. As a highly sensitive person, when working on it, I believe that it would suit better to do this very slowly.

Jonathan Harnisch


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