Personality Disorders Part 3

Personality disorders Part 3

Some personality disorders are commonly characterized by anxious, fearful thinking or behavior. They may include avoidant personality disorder, dependent personality disorder and obsessive-compulsive personality disorder.

  • Avoidant personality disorder
    • Overly sensitive to criticism or rejection
    • Feeling inadequate, inferior or unattractive
    • Avoidance of work activities that require interpersonal contact
    • Socially inhibited, timid and isolated, avoiding new activities or meeting strangers
    • Extreme shyness in social situations and personal relationships
    • Fear of disapproval, embarrassment or ridicule
  • Dependent personality disorder
    • Excessively dependent on others and feeling the need to be taken care of
    • Submissive or clingy behavior toward others
    • Fear of being left alone and having to provide self-care or fend for yourself
    • Lack of self-confidence, requiring excessive advice and reassurance from others to make even small decisions
    • Difficulty starting or doing projects on your own due to lack of self-confidence
    • Fearing disapproval and difficulty disagreeing with others
    • Tolerance of poor or abusive treatment, even when other options are available
    • Urgent need to start a new relationship when a close one has ended
  • Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
    • Preoccupation with details, orderliness and rules
    • Extreme perfectionism, resulting in dysfunction and distress when perfection is not achieved, such as feeling unable to finish a project because you don’t meet your own strict standards
    • Desire to be in control of people, tasks and situations, and inability to delegate tasks
    • Neglect of friends and enjoyable activities because of excessive commitment to work or a project
    • Inability to discard broken or worthless objects
    • Overly stubborn or rigid
    • Inflexible about morality, ethics or values
    • Tight, miserly control over budgeting and spending money

It is important to note that obsessive-compulsive personality disorder is not the same as obsessive-compulsive anxiety disorder.

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