Anxious Personality DisorderPersonality disorder is a wide and large term that is used to refer to a form of mental illness. Personality disorder is marked by the way that you comprehend situations, the way that you think and the way that you relate to others as being dysfunctional. You may not be aware of the fact that there are many different, specific types of personality disorders. A personality disorder is also evidenced by an unbending, rigid and potentially self-destructive, self-denigrating way of behaving and thinking regardless of what the situation may be. The result is that your ability to carry out routine functions at school, work or social situations is hindered. It may also lead to a great deal of distress in your life. A personality disorder is something that you may or may not realize that you have. The reason for this is because you may believe that the way in which you think and act is normal and natural. You may place the blame on others for the circumstances that you are in. There are almost 15% of all of the adults in the United States who have some type of personality disorder. What this means is that more than 30 million Americans have some form of personality disorder. Anxious personality disorder or avoidant personality disorder, as it is also referred to, is one of the kinds of personality disorder. Anxious personality disorder is characterized by a pervasive pattern of extreme sensitivity to social inhibition, avoidance of social interaction, negative evaluation and feelings of inadequacy. Anxious personality disorder is a lifelong pattern in which you feel extremely sensitive to rejection, inadequate and shy. Anxious personality disorder takes place in about 0.5% to 1% of the general population of the United States. Anxious personality disorder is one in which men and women are affected about equally. There is no clear cause that has yet been determined for anxious personality disorder. Some researchers believe that the cause of this personality disorder has to do with genetics and how you were raised by your parents. There are some possible risk factors that may increase your likelihood of developing anxious personality disorder. Some of these include:
- ? Enduring ridicule or rejection from your peers
- ? Being disfigured by a condition or an illness
- ? Being criticized and rejected by your parents.
- An avoidance of occupational activities that are going to involve a good deal of interpersonal contact because you are afraid of rejection, disapproval or criticism
- ? An unwillingness to get involved with people unless you are sure that you are going to be liked
- ? Looking at yourself as being inferior to others, personally unappealing or socially inept
- ? Being reluctant to take personal risks or to try a new activity because you are afraid that you are going to be embarrassed
- ? Being inhibited in new interpersonal situations because of your feelings of inadequacy
- ? Being preoccupied with the fear of being criticized or rejected in social situations.