While the nurse is performing an assessment, the patient reports the following behaviors: social inhibition, hypersensitivity to negative evaluation, fear of criticism, and social ineptitude. The nurse suspects which of the following personality disorders?


•Avoidant personality disorder is characterized by a pervasive pattern of social discomfort and social inadequacy, low self-esteem, hypersensitivity to negative evaluation, and avoidance of social interaction.

•Antisocial behaviors are in complete disregard for the rights of others and are only for the benefit of the individual.

•Paranoid behaviors are irrational suspicions and mistrust of others.

•Narcissistic behaviors include grandiosity, need for admiration, and a lack of empathy.

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