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Avoidant personality disorder
Avoidant personality disorder is a pervasive pattern of social
inhibition, feelings of inadequacy, and extreme sensitivity to negative
evaluation. People with avoidant personality disorder consider
themselves to be socially inept or personally unappealing, and avoid
social interaction for fear of being ridiculed or humiliated.
Research suggests that people with avoidant personality disorder, in
common with social phobics, excessively monitor their own internal
reactions when they are involved in social interaction. However, unlike
social phobics they also excessively monitor the reactions of the people
with whom they are interacting. The extreme tension created by this
monitoring may account for the hesitant speech and taciturnity of many
people with avoidant personality disorder ? they are so preoccupied with
monitoring themselves and others that producing fluent speech is
Avoidant personality disorder usually is first noticed in early
adulthood, and is associated with rejection during childhood by parents
and peers. Whether the rejection is due to the extreme interpersonal
monitoring attributed to people with the disorder is still an open
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