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  • Sam DiFranco


It is not uncommon for someone to be concerned about how others perceive them. Yet individuals with avoidant personality dread being labeled as inadequate.

Avoidant Personality Disorder (AVPD) involves those that are typically hypersensitive to criticism and fixate on what others think of them. As a result, they withdraw from situations in which they may be judged.

Dealing with AVPD can be challenging, especially when it comes to maintaining relationships. However, this does not mean that it is impossible.

Symptoms of AVPD:

-Avoidance of risks or new activities for fear of embarrassment

-Preoccupation with criticism and rejection

-Unwillingness to get involved in relationships unless they know they will be accepted

-Avoidance of work activities that involve significant contact with others

Star Point Counseling Center can help someone with AVPD to learn skills that will help them be open and communicative with their partner. 

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