self-defeating personality disorder(redirected from Masochistic personality disorder)
self-defeating personality disorder
a personality disorder characterized by a persistent pattern of behavior detrimental to the self, including being drawn to problematic situations or relationships, failing to accomplish tasks crucial to life objectives, excessive self-sacrifice, inviting criticism and anger, undermining of pleasurable experiences, and inability to enjoy the rewards of success.
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