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Individuals with avoidant personality disorder experience long-standing feelings of inadequacy and are extremely sensitive to what others think about them, states an article in PsychCentral. People with avoidant personality disorder often seek to avoid work, school, or other activities that require socializing or interacting with other people due to feeling of inadequacy. Symptoms of avoidant personality disorder must be long-standing and enduring patterns of behavior that include most of the following – avoids occupational activities that involve significant interpersonal contact, is unwilling to get involved with people unless certain of being liked, shows restraint in intimate relationships because of fear of being shamed or ridiculed, is preoccupied with being criticized or rejected in social situations, is inhibited in new interpersonal situations because of feelings of inadequacy, views themselves as socially inept or inferior to others, Is unusually reluctant to take personal risks or to engage in any new activities because they may prove embarrassing. To read this article in its entirety, click here.