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What is Avoidant Personality Disorder?

September 22, 2020

Avoidant personality disorder is found in a person who avoids socializing or making friends with people. Avoidant people fear criticism so they avoid job offers that expose them to it. Their persistent fear of rejection come from low self-esteem and a feeling of inadequacy. Loneliness is a choice for them, rather than being around people to form relationships with. Avoidant people stay away from the human race, instead of interacting with people. Avoidants have no close friends, and are hesitant to become involved with people. They feel socially inept, inferior or like they do not measure up to other people. The causes of avoidant personality may be influenced by peers, medication and talk therapy may help this disorder. I may or may not have this disorder as before the pandemic, I was going to therapy twice weekly. When I first started at San Jose State, I didn’t talk to many aside from my therapist.  Well, I’m still hesitant to do a group zoom but I may be feeling sane enough to do it today.

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