in the DSM-IV-TR, a personality disorder characterized by (a) hypersensitivity to rejection and criticism, (b) a desire for uncritical acceptance, (c) marked social withdrawal in spite of a desire for affection and acceptance, and (d) low self-esteem. This pattern is long-standing, causes distress and seriously impairs the person's ability to work and maintain relationships. [first defined in 1969 by U.S. psychologist Theodore Millon (1929- )]

AVOIDANT PERSONALITY DISORDER: "A person with avoidant personality disorder is likely to avoid intimate relations to the degree that this interferes with work, social, and family commitments."
Cite this page: N., Pam M.S., "AVOIDANT PERSONALITY DISORDER," in PsychologyDictionary.org, April 7, 2013, https://psychologydictionary.org/avoidant-personality-disorder/ (accessed September 27, 2021).