One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A deeply ingrained and maladaptive pattern of behavior of a specified kind, typically manifest by the time one reaches adolescence and causing long-term difficulties in personal relationships or in functioning in society.
- ‘The former have an avoidant personality style, the latter an avoidant personality disorder.’
- ‘People with schizoid personality disorder avoid relationships and do not show much emotion.’
- ‘Antisocial personality disorder is best understood within the context of a broader category.’
- ‘It seems the defendant is suffering from a paranoid personality disorder.’
- ‘The long-term projection for people with paranoid personality disorder is bleak.’
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