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The character of being asocial; asocial quality or disposition.
A symptom frequently observed in schizophrenia patients.
Asociality refers to the lack of a strong motivation to engage in social interaction or the preference for solitary activities. Developmental psychologists use the synonyms nonsocial, unsocial, and social disinterest. Asocial is distinct from antisocial as the latter implies an active misanthropy or antagonism toward other people or the general social order. Asociality is seen as a desirable trait in certain monastic traditions, notably in Catholicism, Buddhism and Sufism. It is lauded both as a tool of alienation from superficial secular life and of enabling a lifestyle of uninterrupted contemplation. A degree of asociality is routinely observed in introverts, while extreme asociality is observed in schizophrenia patients. In schizophrenia it is characterised by an inability to empathise, to feel intimacy with, or to form close relationships with others. Asociality has also been observed in individuals who have been diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome and Autism, usually due to bullying and social discouragement in adolescence. Asociality is not necessarily perceived as a totally negative trait by society, since expressing asociality has been used as a way to express independence of the mind from prevailing ideas. Expressing asociality can also be used as a form of humour to indicate an issue.
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