An avoidant personality disorder is characterized by a lack of socializing or intimate relationships due to beliefs or thoughts that you are inferior to others and feel that you deserve to be rejected or humiliated. In contrast, social awkwardness arises when individuals fear being rejected or embarrassed in certain social environments. This is due to irrational fears, but individuals tend to know that society does not judge them harshly, unlike in APD, where victims feel worthless and perceive negative thoughts that impact the mental clarity of socializing or how other people view them.
People with APD have low self-esteem and have negative beliefs or naturally inferior judgments. Their social fear is based on their mental acceptance of the harsh and erroneous criticism, judgments, or rejection they receive from others. On the other hand, people with social awkwardness have high self-esteem but have social fears due to fear of rejection or embarrassment, but don’t they don’t value other people’s opinions or judgment like in APD.