Table 197 Characteristics of Paranoid Personality Disorder

Is distrustful of others Misinterprets social events as threatening Harbors resentments toward others Is prone to pathological jealousy Is argumentative and hostile

Typical Thoughts or Beliefs Associated with the Paranoid Personality

"Get them before they get you." "Other people always have ulterior motives." "People will say one thing but do another." "Don't let them get away with anything." "I have to be on guard all the time."

"When people act friendly toward you, it is probably because they want something. Watch out!"

Avoidant Personality Disorder

The major feature of the avoidant personality disorder is a pervasive feeling of inadequacy and sensitivity to criticism from others. Clearly, no one likes to be criticized. However, avoidant persons will go to great lengths to avoid situations in which others may have opportunities to criticize their performance or character , such as in school, at work, or in other group settings. The main reason for this anxiety about performance is an extreme fear of criticism or rejection from others. Such persons may avoid making new friends or going to new places, through fear of criticism or disapproval. Friends may have to plead and promise lots of support and encouragement in order to get them involved in new activities.

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