The Over-Abstract Disorder
Like most personality disorders, there are many factors that may contribute to the development of symptoms. Because the symptoms are long lasting, the idea that symptoms begin to emerge in childhood or at least adolescence is well accepted. The negative consequences of such symptoms, however, may not show themselves until adulthood.
Symptoms are often present in adolescence and almost always by young adulthood. The Over-Abstract does those things that are known and comfortable to the Over-Abstract. The Over-Abstract resists and rejects anything that doesn't support their own experiential understanding of the world. If they perceive that something doesn't fit their model, they reject it as unimportant. They may be extremely caustic and insulting to others. They may become isolated from society. They may be paranoid about social organizations and institutions trying to control them. They may hurt people's feelings. They may be completely unaware of how to express their inner world to others in a meaningful way. They may be completely unaware of the type of communication that is often desirable and (to some degree) expected in an intimate relationship. If they are aware of the kinds of things that are appropriate to say and do to foster emotional bonding, they may be unable to appreciate the value of such actions. They may feel too vulnerable to express themselves in this fashion, and so reject the entire idea. If pushed beyond their comfort level to form commitments or emotional bonds, they may reject a relationship entirely. Under stress, they may show intense emotions that seem disproportionate to the situation. They may not recognize basic social principles, such as appropriate dress and general behavior.
Expanding their world and experiences and expand their understanding of human expectations. Have them notice what people look like in different social situations. Notice their hair, makeup (or lack thereof), the condition of their clothes, their shoes, their facial expressions. When having a conversation with a friend or relative, have them spend at least half of the time talking about their friend or relative. Have them concentrate on really understanding where the other person is coming from with their concerns. Have them ask questions.
Over-Abstract Disorder is a life-long condition, and symptoms will likely be severe for life. Treatment's effectiveness is spotty at best, but some remarkable cases of recovery are apparent.