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Schizotaxia is an hypothesized, genetic constitutional susceptibility to developing schizophrenia due to a ‘subtle neurointegrative deficit’, which by a process of social learning leads to the development of , a schizotype personality structure.

Schizotype is characterized by four traits:

It has been suggested that schizotaxia results from the effects of early environmental insult in conjunction with a genetic predisposition to schizophrenia, and schizotype as only one of its possible outcomes.


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