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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?

Explanation

• 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.

• Incorrect: Antisocial behaviors are done with complete disregard for the rights of others and are only for the benefit of the individual.

• Incorrect: Paranoid behaviors are irrational suspicions and mistrust of others.

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

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