Thread: Avoidant PD
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Unread February 23rd, 2006, 01:11 PM
Janene Cowlishaw Janene Cowlishaw is offline
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Unhappy Re: Avoidant PD

have you thought of assessing her for high shame-proneness. It would definately fit with D. L. Nathansons' Compass of Shame where one of the four poles are avoidance. Does she tend to attack others (verbally) when pushed to 'the wall' rather than attack self. If she is also living in the pain and fear of high or global shame, it would account for her problems with closing her eyes during therapy - because the site of shame is the face - it would be unbearable to think you might (and would be - to her) looking at her face when she cannot see you - because you might spot her reality that she is actually flawed and a fraud as a person with no right of existence.
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