Table 199 Characteristics of Dependent Personality Disorder

Has an excessive need to be taken care of Is submissive

Seeks reassurance from others

Rarely takes initiative and rarely disagrees with others

Does not work well independently

May tolerate abuse from others to obtain support

Typical Thoughts or Beliefs Associated with the Dependent Personality

"I am weak and need support."

"The worst possible thing would be to be abandoned and left alone."

"I must not offend those on whom I depend."

"I must be submissive to obtain their help."

"I need help making decisions."

"I hope someone will tell me what to do."

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