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From the moment a person is born his or her personalitybegins to take shape In infancy childhood and lateradolescence the individual explores a multitude of behaviors Of all the behaviors or personalities the person experiencesone of them will stick with them until the day they die Unfortunately each specific personality also contain apersonality disorder Personality disorders can result inanxiety attacks depression and to a certain level suicide One of the most unique personality disorders is the AvoidantThe DSM-IV American Psychiatric Association 1994describes Avoidant Personality Disorder as a persuasive patternof social inhibition feelings of inadequacy andhypersensitivity to negative evaluation beginning by earlychildhood and present in a variety of contexts as indicated byfour or more of the following traits1 avoids occupational activities that involvesignificant interpersonal contact because of fears of criticism disapproval or rejection2 is unwilling to get involved with people unless3 shows restraint within intimate relationshipsbecause of the fear of being shamed or ridiculed4 is preoccupied with being criticized or rejected in5 is inhibited in new interpersonal situations because 6 views self as socially inept personally unappealing7 is usually reluctant to take personal risks or toengage in nay new activities because they may proveAvoidant Personality Disorder usually starts at earlyadulthood The American Psychiatric Association is convincedthat an equal amount of men and women experience this personalitydisorder According to one other study by Greenberg Stravynski more men are being referred for professional helpthan women Long The reason for this is because societyusually expects men to be the initiators in relationships withPeople that suffer from Avoidant Personality Disorderdisplay traits such as timidity shyness and a withdrawingbehavior Avoidants people that suffer from AvoidantPersonality Disorder use these traits to hurt others so thatthey can avoid a close relationship with them They like todisplay their hostility in an open manner by insulting peoplewho try to be friendly The reason for this is so that they canhandle feared rejection by becoming rejecting themselves Avoidants reject other people first so that they are
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