Reading the description of Avoidant Personality Disorder is like looking in the mirror. I am an Adult Child of Alcholics who is struggling to outgrow her shyness and fear of rejection. I'd forgotten I had this disorder until I went to church tonight and they were discussing the book Boundaries by Dr's Cloud and Townsend. They described four personality types with boundary (relationship) issues and the second type was Avoidant.
They hit the nail on the head and described me.
I'd like to come out of my shell now... please :-)