Avoidant Personality Disorder
From the moment a person is born, his or her personality
begins to take shape. In infancy, childhood, and later
adolescence, the individual explores a multitude of behaviors.
Of all the behaviors, or personalities, the person experiences,
one of them will stick with them until the day they die.
Unfortunately, each specific personality also contain a
personality disorder. Personality disorders can result in
anxiety attacks, depression, and to a certain level, suicide.
One of the most unique personality disorders is the Avoidant
The DSM-IV (American Psychiatric Association, 1994)
describes Avoidant Personality Disorder as: a persuasive pattern
of social inhibition, feelings of inadequacy, and hypersensitivity to negative evaluation, beginning by early
childhood and present in a variety of contexts, as indicated by four (or more) of the following traits:
1.) avoids occupational activities that involve
significant interpersonal contact because of fears of criticism, disapproval, or rejection.
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