Because sz has 1) presented to observers since the late 1800s as a “splitting” of the ego into polarized, oppositional “systems” of beliefs, emotions and behaviors, 2) been observed in so many multiple and mass murderers of late, I have been wondering…
If the the nature of the splitting is too much socialization and normalization to following the rules and going along to get along here vs. too little socialization and normalization to following the rules and going along to get along there. Some of the reactive behaviors I have seen on this forum (and elsewhere, for sure) suggest that many (not all) sz pts seem obsessed with social rules and regulations… but regularly violate them when they perceive that they themselves have been the victims of social rule- or regulation-breaking by others.
The hundred or so sz pts I have been able to observe here and elsewhere confirm all that I have read about sz behavior being at the two ends of the socialized and normalized spectrum vs. more towards the center. Pts are either 1) repressed, hyper-inhibited, self-suppressing and behaviorally “compressed” into extreme reluctance and anxiety about trying one thing or another… or 2) hyper-EXpressive, dis-inhibited, under-suppressing and behaviorally “volatile” with “explosions” of seeming frustration and hostility.
I am wondering now if this flip-flopping is what we saw in James Holmes, Dylan Kliebold and others who were so often seen by friends and neighbors to be of the first collection behaviors listed above.
What do you experience in your own behavior? Other comments?