About Adoptee Rage

Statistics Identify large populations of Adoptees in prisons, mental hospitals and committed suicide.
Fifty years of scientific studies on child adoption resulting in psychological harm to the child and
poor outcomes for a child's future.
Medical and psychological attempts to heal the broken bonds of adoption, promote reunions of biological parents and adult children. The other half of attempting to repair a severed Identity is counselling therapy to rebuild the self.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Schizotypical or Just Adoptee


Adoptive Parent's Need to Psychologically Diagnose Adoptee's
Schizotypical or Just Adoptee

The innocent, easy-going, happy adopted child that "believes that they are lucky to be adopted" are not the adopted child's perspective at all...but is the perspective of the adoptive parents that they project on to their adopted child. The adoptive parents want to believe that the child understands the things that they explain, yet they do not.  Young children are naturally agreeable to their parents without knowing any details as what motivates the child is making the parent happy and getting positive attention from their parent. This is a common delusion of adoptive parents that they think they have explained complex concepts to the child and the child understood because they nodded their head and said they understood. In reality the young child has no capacity to comprehend complex concepts explained to them, as cognitive awareness is not available until adolescence when mental maturity begins to develop. Throughout young childhood the parent believes that everything they have explained to their child was understood and stored as knowledge of the world, when it was not. The message simply went in but was not retained or comprehended.  
This is why the adoptive parents are shocked when the contrasting behavior in adolescence is so hard to take as adoptive parents want the child fixed immediately by psychotherapists and demand a return to the easy immature life of the young adopted child.  Where the switch of knowledge is turned on in the adolescent's mind and their true awareness of the world begins to have a profound effect on the adopted child that is beginning to grasp the concept of what adoption has taken from them, what they have lost and how their life is seriously impacted by being adopted is no laughing matter but a tragic perpetration of a childhood effecting one's entire life not for the better. The adopted child develops cognitive awareness and realizes their reality is a harsh emotional world of self knowledge and the adoption is a dramatic consequence of their existence. The adoptive parents want their compliant, happy ignorant younger version of their adopted child back...as if the adoptive parents could un-crack the egg of knowledge, comprehension or awareness. Seeking self justified answers adoptive parents refuse to believe their parenting had any impact on the child, adoption is a no-issue family maker, so it must be mental illness in the adopted child to change so dramatically in adolescence. They send the child to psychotherapy, inpatient psychiatry, they drug the child, use treatments that terrify and damage the adopted child forever just because they refuse to acknowledge the truth that the kid is different from them and specifically deny any adoption related consequences. In the process the adolescent adoptee is traumatized by the parent's denial, refusal to accept and demand the adopted child's psycho-medical treatment and diagnosis to justify their unyielding opinions.
The scary part of the schizotypical diagnosis is it mirrors adopted children in context:
Schizotypical:"A.  A pervasive pattern of deficits in interpersonal relatedness peculiarities of ideation, appearance, and behaviour, beginning by early adulthood and present in a variety of contexts, as indicated by at least five of the following:
1. ideas of reference
2. excessive social anxiety, e.g., extreme discomfort in social situations involving familiar and unfamiliar people
3. odd beliefs or magical thinking, influencing behavior and inconsistent with sub-cultural norms (of adopted family), e.g., superstitiousness, belief in clairvoyance, telepathy, or "sixth sense," "others can feel my feelings" (in children and adolescents, bizarre fantasies or preoccupations)
4. unusual perceptual experiences, e.g.  illusions, sensing the presence of a force or person not actually present (e.g., "I felt as if my dead mother were in the room with me")
5. odd or eccentric behavior or appearance, e.g., unkempt, unusual mannerisms, talks to self
6. no close friends or confidants (or only one)
odd speech (without loosening of associations or incoherence) e.g., speech that is impoverished, digressive, vague, or inappropriately abstract
7. inappropriate or constricted affect, e.g.  silly, aloof, rarely reciprocates gestures or facial expressions, such as smiles or nods
suspiciousness or paranoid ideation". 
This disorder, more common in males than females, has been estimated to affect about 3% of the population.  In a sense they are sometimes thought of as “ mild schizophrenics” but do not show the gross disorganisation in thinking and feeling or severe symptoms as the latter.  However, they all appear to be pretty idiosyncratic and often creatively talented and curious.  They often hold very strange beliefs enjoying the occult.  They have odd habits, eccentric lifestyles and a rich inner life.
In the Millon system they are described thus: “Eccentric, self-estranged, bizarre, absent. Exhibit peculiar mannerisms and behaviors. Think they can read thoughts of others. Preoccupied with odd daydreams and beliefs. Blur line between reality and fantasy. Magical thinking and strange beliefs. People with (SPD) are often described as odd or eccentric and usually have few, if any, close relationships. They generally don't understand how relationships form or the impact of their behavior on others”. (ADOPTEES!)
A number of studies have sought to look at personality correlates of highly creative people and various studies have demonstrated a relationship between creativity and schizotypy. (Acar & Runco, 2012). Studies have also been done looking at broad higher-order traits like Openness and Psychoticism, as well as narrower traits like hypomania. In a meta-analysis of the relationship between creativity and schizotypy, Acar and Sen (2013) found a mean effect size of .07 based on 45 studies which included 268 effect sizes. They looked at five possible moderators and found only the type of schizotypy significant. There was no effect for the different measures of schizotypy, but none chose to use the measure employed in this study. The results from the meta-analysis suggested that positive-impulsive schizotypy related to Extraversion, but not negative-disorganised schizotypy related to introversion was most closely related to creativity. Some of my papers looking at the relationship between schizotypy and creativity are noted below.
Dotlick and Cairo (2003) labels the Schizotypal leader as Eccentric enjoying being different for its own sake. There is all the difference between being creative, off-beat and quirky as opposed to weird, impractical and unrealistic.  The trouble with eccentric leaders is that they are full of ideas and initiatives that go nowhere.  Further stakeholders are confounded by their non-conformist style.  They seem unable or unwilling to prioritise, to collaborate and co-operate being stubborn individualists and therefore to suffer from the problem that others don’t take them seriously.  Like all others they need insight and self-awareness about the consequences of their actions.   They need to see and close the gap between their intentions and their impact. They need dedicate staff who can and will execute their ideas.  They also need to know the price they pay for being different.
Hogan and Hogan (1997) call these types Imaginative and describe them thus: they think about the world in unusual and often quite interesting ways.  They may enjoy entertaining others with their unusual perceptions and insights.  They are constantly alert to new ways of seeing, thinking, and expressing themselves, unusual forms of self-expression.  They often seem bright, colourful, insightful, imaginative, very playful, and innovative, but also as eccentric, odd, and flighty.
These people are curiously interesting and maybe fun to be around.  But they are distractible and unpredictable and as managers they often leave people confused regarding their directions or intentions.  They tend to mis-communicate in idiosyncratic and unusual ways.  At their best, these people are imaginative, creative, interesting, and amazingly insightful about the motives of others, but at their worst, they can be self-absorbed, single-minded, insensitive to the reactions of others, and indifferent to the social and political consequences of their single-minded focus on their own agendas.
Under stress and heavy work-loads, they can become upset, lose focus, lapse into eccentric behavior, and not communicate clearly.  They can be moody and tend to get too excited by success and too despondent over failure.  They do want attention, approval, and applause, which explains the lengths that they are willing to go in order to attract it.
To work with the imaginative reports needs primarily to be a good audience, to appreciate their humor, creativity, and spontaneity, and to understand that they do not handle reversals very well.  They will not mind suggestions and recommendations regarding important decisions, and in fact may even appreciate them.  Reports should study their problem solving style, listen to their insights about other people, and model their ability to "think outside the box."
Oldham and Morris (2000), who call these types idiosyncratic, note:"The following six traits and behaviors are clues to the presence of the Idiosyncratic style.  A person who reveals a strong Idiosyncratic tendency will demonstrate more of these behaviors more intensely than someone with less of this style in his or her personality profile.
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.
Own World.  They are self-directed and independent, requiring few close relationships.
Own thing.  Oblivious to convention, Idiosyncratic individuals create interesting, unusual, often eccentric lifestyles.
Expanded reality.  Open to anything, they are interested in the occult, the extrasensory, and the supernatural.
Metaphysics.  They are drawn to abstract and speculative thinking.
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." 
The imaginative, idiosyncratic person is unlikely to reach very high position in organisations though they may be promoted in advertising or academia.  The absent-minded, nutty professor; the creative advertising genius may share many schizotypical behavious.  If talented they may do well but rarely as managers of others.
The literature suggests that schizotypal people have a rich inner life and often seek emotional experience.  Hence they are drawn to religion and pharmacological techniques that promise "testing the limits".  Many seek rapture and nirvana.
They often have very odd ideas about business: how to succeed, who to hire, what controls what.  They can have very odd beliefs or magical thinking that influences behavior and is inconsistent with business norms (e.g.) superstitiousness, belief in clairvoyance, telepathy.  They might get into crystals; feng shui, etc.  in a very big and serious way.  They can have odd thinking and speech styles being very vague or very elaborate.  They can seem "other-worldly" and maybe very difficult to follow.  They can have unusual perceptual experiences...  seeing things that are not there, smell and taste things differently.  Some are very suspicious or paranoid around the home and office.  They show inappropriate or constricted affect: that react oddly emotionally in various contexts.  That is they may become very emotional around some trivial issues but strangely and unpredictably cold at others.
Many organisations do not tolerate the odd behaviors of these idiosyncratic types.  They dress oddly and work odd hours.  They are not very loyal to their companies and do not enjoy the corporate world.  They don't "connect" with staff, customers and their bosses.  Their quirky quasi-religious beliefs that estrange them yet more from the normal world of the other people.  They are often loners.
But now both psychologist and psychiatrists have given up the typological, in favor of the dimensional approach. Thus it is not a case as to whether you are, or are not Schizotypal but the extent to which you are on a scale from very low to very high. Further, there may be situations or people who encourage or discourage schizotypal tendencies. Similarly there may be jobs and tasks where various schizotypal tendencies are helpful.