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.

avoidant personality

a personality disorder characterized by hypersensitivity to rejection and a reluctance to start a relationship because of a fear of not being accepted uncritically. The person has a strong desire for affection and acceptance and may be distressed by an inability to relate comfortably with others.

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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But what it can do, is indicate, as was the case and as I indicated when I was interviewed a month or so back, when it first occurred at the New York Times (other places had called me, but the New York Times had an extended discussion with me on this matter), and what I said right away from the very little that came out that first day or two, that this was obviously a youngster who was what I refer to as an "avoidant personality" with very clear paranoid characteristics that overlay the avoidant personality pattern.
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