Avoidant personality disorder is part of the Cluster C group of personality disorders. This group is characterized by anxious and fearful behavior and thinking. Those with this disorder are overly sensitive to rejection. They fear starting relationships or anything new, although they desire affection and acceptance. They are socially isolated, timid, and extremely shy.
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Avoidant personality disorder causes a person to avoid interaction with other people, especially if the interaction involves a new activity that may prove embarrassing. The person has trouble maintaining jobs working with other people, trouble maintaining relationships, and views others to be socially superior.
The fear linked with avoidant personality disorder stems from low self-esteem, shyness, and being overly sensitive to negative evaluation by others. Avoidant personality disorder may be a more severe form of social anxiety disorder (another disorder that causes fear of being ridiculed in public).
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