Am gonna post some of the passages from this article:
- Persons with dependent personality disorder are docile, passive, and nonassertive
- They exert a great deal of energy to please others, are self-sacrificing, and constantly attempt to elicit the approval of others
- They are easily influenced and can be taken advantage of easily
- Patients with dependent personality disorder have a low level of confidence in their own intelligence and abilities
- They often have difficulty making decisions and undertaking projects on their own
- They are prone to be pessimistic, self-doubting, and belittle their own accomplishments
- They shy away from responsibility in occupational settings
- Affected individuals are uneasy being alone and are preoccupied with the fear of being abandoned or rejected by others
- Their style of thinking is naïve, uncritical, and lacks discretion
It is commonly thought that the development of dependence in these individuals is a result of over-involvement and intrusive behavior by their primary caretakers. Caretakers may foster dependence in the child to meet their own dependency needs, and may reward extreme loyalty but reject attempts the child makes towards independence. Families of those with dependent personality disorder are often do not express their emotions and are controlling; they demonstrate poorly defined relational roles within the family unit.
Individuals with dependent personality disorder often have been socially humiliated by others in their developmental years. They may carry significant doubts about their abilities to perform tasks, take on new responsibilities, and generally function independently of others. This reinforces their suspicions that they are incapable of living autonomously. In response to these feelings, they portray a helplessness that elicits caregiving behavior from some people in their lives.
- Have difficulty making common decisions. Needs excessive amounts of advise.
- Need others to assume responsibility for them. Withdraw responsibilities by acting passive and helpless.
- Have difficulty expressing disagreement with others
- Have difficulty initiating or doing things on their own. Lacks self-confidence.
- Feel helpless when alone. Because they feel incapable of caring for themselves, they experience significant anxiety when alone. To avoid being alone, they may be with people in whom they have little interest