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Are INTP's more prone to schizophrenia than other types?

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Are INTP's really more prone (even slightly) to schizophrenia than other personality types? Could this be due to the INT?
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"I most certainly don't trust typology as such a great instrument..."

I don't either. I'm just curious.

Supposing the typology statistics are correct: it appears that there is something in introversion and intuition together in a personality that can create genius (not always):

"Moreover, if you encounter an INTJ (Introverted, iNtuitive, Thinking, Judging), there is a 37% probability that his IQ places him in the top 2 percent of the population. The probability is 20% for an INTP, 15% for an INFJ, and 8% for an INFP. These four types account for 66% of the high-IQ population but only 6% of the total population."

If there is indeed a link between genius and mental illness, then some of these mentally ill geniuses would be "IN" types (obviously).

Now the question is whether there is really a link between "IN" types and mental illness.
If you look up certain disorders, like:

Schizoid personality disorder
Schizotypal personality disorder
Avoidant personality disorder
even ADHD

They all have symptoms very similar to typical behavior of the "IN" types, or "NP" types in the case of ADD. But then it's the old question... are they truly disorders or just a different way of being?
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It's almost as if S types are more hardy and grounded in reality! At least I see a difference in the two types within my own family.

I think the disorders you listed are actual disorders because, unlike various personality traits that vary from the norm, these disorders cause a diminished quality of life, a restriction or handicap.
Yeah I think that's the key.. it's a disorder if it impacts the quality of life. When I go through the lists of those disorders, some symptoms apply to me, some don't. Some of the 'symptoms' don't seem like actual problems, they are just how I am. Others are things I want to change about myself (like being more social)

Some people are just happy being alone though, so if they seem AVPD, is it really a disorder if they are happy? Even if it does seem sad to the rest of us?
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