avoidant personality

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avoidant personality a·void·ant personality (ə-void'nt)
A personality disorder characterized by hypersensitivity to potential or actual rejection and criticism, a strong need for uncritical acceptance, social withdrawal in spite of a desire for affection and acceptance, and low self-esteem.

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