The Avoidant Personality
Sometimes I wince at things I see in books and on TV. I will walk out of the room if a show about dog abuse is advertised. I am no fan of war movies, of the TV show 24, or shows with vivid depiction of poverty.
(I admit a perverse attraction to the old COPS show, especially if it involves car chases or police running through the bushes chasing a hairy guy in a wifebeater tshirt who grows marijuana in his backyard.)
I don't like mordant displays of emotionalism, I don't like it when other people's emotion pulls emotion out of me. Do that and I will close the gate and pull up the drawbridge against you.
So, does this qualify as an avoidant personality?
Probably not ,according to DSM-IV-TR, whose definition deals heavily in inability to navigate the real world.
Hey, I can navigate the real world. It's just, in a lot of cases, I choose not to.
photo: a castle in Kansas, a WPA project circa 1936, Coronado Heights, KS.