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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 Personality Disorder 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 2 is unwilling to get involved with people unless certain of being liked 3 shows restraint within intimate relationships because of the fear of being shamed or ridiculed 4 is preoccupied with being criticized or rejected in social situations 5 is inhibited in new interpersonal situations because of feelings of inadequacy 6 views self as socially inept personally unappealing or inferior to others 7 is usually reluctant to take personal risks or to engage in nay new activities because they may prove embarrassing Avoidant Personality Disorder usually starts at early adulthood The American Psychiatric Association is convinced that an equal amount of men and women experience this personality disorder According to one other study by Greenberg Stravynski more men are being referred for professional help than women Long The reason for this is because society usually expects men to be the initiators in relationships with women People that suffer from Avoidant Personality Disorder display traits such as timidity shyness and a withdrawing behavior Avoidants people that suffer from Avoidant
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