"The APD has the real self in hiding - hiding from an original
environment or internal objects that were traumatic, rejecting and
abusive. Due to early original pain, the adult APD cannot separate the
present from the past, so everyone and everything becomes potentially dangerous and filled with anxiety and fear. As such, the deep core self, reality and everything that can trigger early pain is avoided."
"....many therapists say that if the socially phobic could rein in
their anxiety enough to function, they would help make the world a better place."
---from the comprehensive AvPD site http://www.tljones.co.uk/apd/apd.ht
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