People who have SPD tend to be happiest when they are in a relationship in which the partner places few emotional or intimate demands on them.It is not people as such that they want to avoid, but emotions both negative and positive, emotional intimacy, and self-disclosure.
Because of their lack of meaningful communication with other people, those who are diagnosed with SPD are not able to develop accurate impressions of how well they get along with others.
Schizoid personality types are challenged to achieve self-awareness and the ability to assess the impact of their own actions in social situations.
Klein classifies these individuals as "secret schizoids", who present themselves as socially available, interested, engaged and involved in interacting yet remain emotionally withdrawn and sequestered within the safety of the internal world.
Withdrawal or detachment from the outer world is a characteristic feature of schizoid pathology, but may appear either in "classic" or in "secret" form.
If that is true, then many of the more problematic reactions these individuals show in social situations may be partly accounted for by the judgments commonly imposed on people with this style.