Posted by Jan (22.214.171.124) on July 15, 2003 at 01:03:44:
In Reply to: Re: But, What About The 2W1? ( Ho-Ho-Ho..... ) posted by Jan (126.96.36.199) on July 15, 2003 at 00:48:37:
Rich, I am still thinking about the Sensitive Style as most fitting with the test results text. As you know Sensitive Style is reticent based on anxiety and low self image. When you fear rejection, you are likely to bottle up your feelings. How about this hypothesis?
Avoidant Personality Disorder
Avoidant personality disorder (APD) ís considered to be an active-detached personality pattern, meaning that avoidants purposefully avoid people due to fears of humiliation & rejection. It ís thought to be a pathological syndromal extension of the “normal inhibited” personality, which ís characterized by a watchful behavioral appearance, shy interpersonal conduct, a preoccupied cognitive style, uneasy affective expression & a lonely self-perception (Millon & Everly). According to this view, the avoidant pattern seems to range ín varying degrees along a symptomological continuum from mild to extreme. In mild cases, a person may be said to be normally shy, whereas extreme cases indicate personality disorder.
It should be noted that many more people have avoidant styles as opposed to having the personality disorder. The major difference has to do with how seriously an individual's functioning in everyday life is affected. The avoidant personality can be thought of as spanning a continuum from healthy to pathological. The avoidant style is at the healthy end, while the avoidant personality disorder lies at the unhealthy end.
Avoidant Personality Style Versus Avoidant Personality Disorder
Comfortable with habit, repetition, and routine Prefer the known to the unknown Exaggerate the potential difficulties, physical dangers, or risks involved in doing something ordinary, but outside their usual routines
Close allegiance to family and/or a few close friends; tend to be homebodies Have no close friends or confidants or only one-other than first-degree relatives; avoid activities that involve significant interpersonal contact
Sensitive and concerned about what other think of them Tend to be self-conscious and worriers Unwilling to become involved with people unless certain of being liked; easily hurt by criticism or disapproval
Very discreet and deliberate in dealing with others Fear being embarrassed by blushing, crying, or showing signs of anxiety in front of other people
Tend to maintain a reserved, self-restrained demeanor around others Reticent in social situations because of a fear of saying something inappropriate or foolish, or of being unable to answer a question
Tend to be curious and can focus considerable attention on hobbies and avocations; however, a few engage in counterphobic coping behaviors Tend to be underachievers, and find it difficult to focus on job tasks or hobbies
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