Individuals with avoidant personality disorder feel shame and inadequacy about themselves. They are awkward and uncomfortable in social situations. Since they feel inadequate, they express feelings of being unwanted by others.
Individuals with avoidant personality disorder have low self-esteem. They are extremely sensitive to the opinions of others and demonstrate frequent hesitations in expressing their feelings.
Persons with avoidant personality disorder may be socially withdrawn because of constant fear of rejection by others. They are mistrustful of others and consider them to be critical, betraying, and humiliating. These strong feelings cause individuals with avoidant personality disorder to avoid social relationships.
Despite being socially withdrawn, people with avoidant personality disorder have a strong desire for companionship. However, their fear of rejection overcomes their desire to establish close relationships with others. Their failure of creating social relationships leads to feelings of depression, anxiety, and frustration. In comparison, people with schizoid personality disorder do not want to establish relationships (refer to the Picmonic on "Schizoid Personality Disorder").
Criticism is not taken well in individuals with avoidant personality disorder. Since they do not accept criticism well, they feel anxiety while living in constant fear of being judged by others.
Individuals with avoidant personality disorder are hypersensitive to rejection. Their hypersensitivity to rejection is so powerful that they avoid social relationships to avoid the risk of rejection.
Individuals with avoidant personality disorder experience anhedonia, the inability to feel pleasure. They avoid social situations, activities, and intimate relationships in fear of being rejected. Their preoccupation with being rejected prevents them from feeling pleasure.
People with avoidant personality disorder feel anxious in social situations. Their constant fear of criticism and rejection leads to high levels of anxiety.
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