schizophrenic : Common Errors in English

About schizophrenic

In popular usage, “schizophrenic” (and the more slangy and now dated “schizoid”) indicates “split between two attitudes.” This drives people with training in psychiatry crazy. “Schizo-” does indeed mean “split,” but it is used here to mean “split off from reality.” Someone with a Jekyll-and-Hyde personality is suffering from “multiple personality disorder” (or, more recently “dissociative identity disorder”), not “schizophrenia.”

schizophrenic Meaning(s)

  • (n) someone who is afflicted with schizophrenia
  • (s) suffering from some form of schizophrenia
  • (a) of or relating to or characteristic of schizophrenia

schizophrenic in News

  1. A Season of Ups and Downs: Justin Peck Has Earned His Place Out in Front

    Robert Fairchild in Justin Peck’s 'In Creases.' (Photo by Paul Kolnik/City Ballet) City Ballet’s schizophrenic spring season has packed up its wares and gone away, leaving some of us (well, me) exhilarated, bewildered, and depressed. Maybe we’re the ones who are schizophrenic. The idea, which dominated the repertory almost until the end, was to revive the American Music Festival of 1988—an odd ...
    on June 12, 2013 Source: The New York Observer

  2. Scarlet letter

    Americans seem to be schizophrenic when it comes to adultery.
    on June 9, 2013 Source: MyCentralJersey.com

  3. Homebuilders And High Yield Suggest All Is Not Well Today...

    The schizophrenic good-is-good, "we dont need no stinking Taper" market action earlier seems to be hitting a small road-bump. Interestingly, homebuilders and high-yield credit was flashing some early-warning signals... with S&P 500 futures hovering back at VWAP, the noise from the rest of the risk-asset complex suggest there is some more downside for stocks here.  
    on June 8, 2013 Source: Zero Hedge

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