Avoidant Personality Disorder

My complete and utter lack of game may stem from the fact that I might have an “Avoidant Personality Disorder.”

Here are the symptoms:

  • Hypersensitivity to criticism or rejection
  • Self-imposed social isolation
  • Extreme shyness in social situations, though feels a strong desire for close relationships[6]
  • Avoids physical contact because it has been associated with an unpleasant or painful stimulus
  • Avoids interpersonal relationships
  • Feelings of inadequacy
  • Severe low self-esteem
  • Self loathing
  • Mistrust of others
  • Extreme shyness/timidity
  • Emotional distancing related to intimacy
  • Highly self-conscious
  • Self-critical about their problems relating to others
  • Loss of self-identity
  • Problems in occupational functioning
  • Lonely self-perception
  • Feeling inferior to others
  • Chronic substance abuse/dependence[7]
  • Investment in fixed fantasies
  • Among those, these either don’t apply to me or only partly apply:

    Self-imposed social isolation (my social isolation stems mostly from lack of opportunity rather than it being self-imposed…though I do find myself avoiding social situations sometimes.)

    Avoids physical contact because it has been associated with an unpleasant or painful stimulus (No. Just no.)

    Loss of self-identity (Either it doesn’t apply to me or I don’t understand the symptom.)

    Chronic substance abuse/dependence (Absolutely not.)

    Investment in fixed fantasies (Nah.)

    But I can say “yes” to all the other symptoms. Is it a chicken and egg situation? Do these conditions of mine stem from my lack of success with chicks or do these conditions cause that lack of success? The latter seems more probable. Maybe I’m just genetically incapable of successful game…


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