avoidant personality

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a·void·ant per·son·al·i·ty dis·or·der

1. an enduring and pervasive pattern in adulthood characterized by hypersensitivity to rejection, humiliation, shame, feelings of inadequacy resulting in social inhibition, and an unwillingness to enter into relationships without unusually strong guarantees of uncritical acceptance.
2. a DSM diagnosis that is established when the specified criteria are met.
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a·void·ant per·son·al·i·ty

(ă-voyd'ănt pĕr-sŏn-al'i-tē)
A personality characterized by a hypersensitivity to potential rejection, humiliation, or shame, an unwillingness to enter into relationships without unusually strong guarantees of uncritical acceptance, social withdrawal in spite of a desire for affection and acceptance, and low self-esteem.
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In the current study, the findings showed that the pregnant women with POPD were nearly five times more likely than the pregnant women without POPD to meet any cluster C personality disorder The most common cluster C personality disorders described in patients with POPD are avoidant personality disorders followed by obsessive-compulsive, passive-aggressive and dependent personality disorders.
But she also heeded destructive urges to abuse a wide variety of drugs and to seek anonymous sexual encounters, felt intensely self-conscious, careened between anxiety and depression, and showed other signs of what DSM labels borderline personality disorder, And to complete the triple whammy, her extreme inhibition and timidity supported a diagnosis of avoidant personality disorder.
DSM-IV, published in 1994, includes as mental disorders such behaviors as "disorder of written expression," "childhood conduct disorder," "pathological gambling," "adjustment disorder with anxiety," and "avoidant personality disorder." The boundaries of such "disorders" are so vague that I can find a DSM-IV diagnosis to fit everyone I know--except of course my wife.
Patients with the diagnosis of avoidant personality disorder tend to manifest the following characteristics (See DSM-IV criteria, APA, 1994; Cooper, Frances and Sacks, 1986: Millon, 1996: Widiger, 1992):