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Schizoid Personality Disorder is the Apollonian affliction while Borderline Personality Disorder is the Dionysian disease. It's incredible to me how these present themselves in such stark contrast, even though they seem to loop back in upon one another at times.
The schizoid is unfeeling. The borderline overfeeling. The schizoid is passive, the borderline active, the schizoid has himself and nothing else while the borderline has everyone but herself. The schizoid, of course being overwhelmingly masculine while the borderline is overwhelmingly feminine. Yet there is a tension within both of these illnesses. In the schizoid it is the tension between needing to be needed and needing to be independent. In the borderline it is the tension between needing to be independent yet fearing the degree isolation this may bring so horribly that she throws herself into the flames rather than facing it.
Both of these beings are severely unbalanced, of that there is little doubt. The ways in which they seek balance are what intrigues me. The borderline, being the active spirit flings herself forward into the arms of lovers, into the bottle, and about 10% of the time, into the bullet. The schizoid does no flinging, no rapid action. He plods along at his own pace, meandering aimlessly through a life never lived, always pondering the meaning of life without ever trying to find it.