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Avoidant Personality. Why we develop fear of socialization – Part 1

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When we hear the words “anti-social” and “avoids people” we automatically have the tendency to brush it off and assume that maybe the person is just scared of social situations or that they just need to “get over themselves.” However, avoidant personality is a real and awful psychological disorder that must be taken seriously.

The definition of APD is: a condition characterized by extreme shyness, feelings of inadequacy, and sensitivity to rejection. These individuals feel inferior to others. This disorder is only diagnosed when these behaviors become persistent and very disabling or distressing.

The truth about most disorders such as this, is that their roots start forming much earlier in a person’s life, as this table above indicates. A person with true APD has most likely been the victim of childhood bullying, a socially frowned upon physical stature (too large, too short, to thin, etc), a broken home or witnessed abused, or even an over-embarrassing moment that gave them emotional trauma. Also, various anxiety disorders in childhood and adolescence have been associated with a temperament characterized by behavioral inhibition, including features of being shy, fearful, and withdrawn in new situations. For whatever reason, the fear of not being accepted is something that sufferers of APD carry with them at all times.

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Eric W. Spradlin

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