schizotypal

adjective
schizo·​ty·​pal | \ ˌskit-sə-ˈtī-pəl How to pronounce schizotypal (audio) \

Definition of schizotypal

psychology : relating to, characteristic of, or affected with schizotypal personality disorder schizotypal behavior Schizotypal subjects have enhanced right-hemisphere function and tend to score above average on measures of creativity and association thinking.— Jonah Lehrer

First Known Use of schizotypal

1953, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for schizotypal

schizotype "person with a genetic predisposition toward schizophrenia" (from schizo- + type entry 1) + -al entry 1

Note: The term schizotype was introduced by the Hungarian-born psychoanalyst Sándor Radó (1890-1972) in "Dynamics and classification of disordered behavior," American Journal of Psychiatry, vol. 110 (1953), p. 409: "In this sense the patient suffering from an open schizophrenic psychosis is a schizophrenic phenotype, engendered by a schizophrenic genotype in its interaction with the environment … For psychodynamic purposes I shall abbreviate the term schizophrenic phenotype to schizotype."

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“Schizotypal.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/schizotypal. Accessed 27 Nov. 2021.

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schizotypal

adjective
schizo·​ty·​pal | \ ˌskit-sə-ˈtī-pəl How to pronounce schizotypal (audio) \

Medical Definition of schizotypal

: relating to, characteristic of, or affected with schizotypal personality disorder schizotypal behavior Schizotypal subjects have enhanced right-hemisphere function and tend to score above average on measures of creativity and association thinking.— Jonah Lehrer

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