The New York Times has a short but interesting article on people who find intimate relationships stressful and bad for their mental health.
A close relationship is considered almost universally beneficial, but some people seem to find relationships difficult to deal with, even when they’re going well.
Interestingly, the article describes this as a ‘schizoid’ trait, which is usually considered to be the lack of emotional attachment seen in some people with schizophrenia (although not in all by any means).
While it is a clich√© to say that people with autism or Asperger’s syndrome are loners, many do find intimate relationships difficult, and it’s curious that the article doesn’t mention this as a possible link.
Outsiders is a UK charity set-up by Dr Tuppy Owens to help people who are disabled or socially isolated with starting and maintaining relationships, and has been working in this field for many years.