Thursday, January 31, 2013

another sporadic entry

Social anhedonia


Social anhedonia is defined as a trait-like disinterest in social contact and is characterized by social withdrawal and decreased pleasure in social situations. This characteristic typically manifests as an indifference to other people [15]. In contrast to Extroversion and introversion, a nonpathological dimension of human personality, social anhedonia represents a deficit in the ability to experience pleasure[16] Additionally, social anhedonia differs from social anxiety in that social anhedonia is predominantly typified by diminished positive affect, while social anxiety is distinguished by both decreased Affect theory and exaggerated Affect theory [17]. Paul Meehl (1962) posited anhedonia in schizotypy to be mainly interpersonal. This trait is current seen as a central characteristic to, as well as a predictor of, Schizophrenia [18].


  • Decreased ability to experience interpersonal pleasure
  • Social withdrawal/isolation
  • Decreased need for social contact
  • Lack of close friends and intimate relationships, and decreased quality of those relationships
  • Poor social adjustment
  • Decreased positive affect
  • Flat affect
  • Depression
  • State-related anxiety[19] [20]
Social anhedonia is trait-related, meaning it remains stable throughout life, independent of diagnosis, treatment, or symptom remission [21]

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