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What is avoidant personality disorder?

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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