Self-Defeating Personality Disorder

Self-defeating personality disorder (also known as masochistic personality disorder) was a proposed personality disorder. It was discussed in an appendix of the revised third edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-III-R) in 1987, but was never formally admitted into the manual.


Cluster Number:
Wiki Number: PW201
Diagnosis: Self-Defeating Personality Disorder
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Sex Ratio: M;F+ Often associated with feminine submissiveness
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Symptoms: seeks persons, events that deflate the self, does not complete critical personal projects, incites negative responses in others,
Progression: rejects pleasurable and supportive people and renders them ineffective, engages in too much self-sacrifice, rejects enjoyment
Causes: also considered as masochistism due to excess virtuousness, possessiveness, avoidance or depression


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