There are endless types of personality throughout society, but it is necessary to know yourself to know what are the limitations or the virtues that you have in terms of relationships with others. People who have addictive personality disorders can experience a host of relationship problems. 

Addictive personality types may have difficulty making or keeping friends, experience recurring problems in their relationships with family or friends, and may also suffer from troubled relationships in the workplace. 

Addictive personality disorder includes a wide range of addictions, including alcoholics, drug or food addicts, compulsive gamblers, shoplifters, workaholics, and addictive spenders. These people suffer not only in their personal relationships but also in their relationship with themselves, dealing with the shame and fear of their compulsive behaviors . In addition, and if that were not enough, they may also feel guilty since on many occasions they want to control that addictive behavior that causes them problems but they feel unable to control themselves, experiencing guilt and anger towards themselves.

Conflict-focused relationships

Conflict-focused relationships are a key issue for addictive personalities. The low self-esteem, feelings of inadequacy and guilt suffered by many people with addictive personalities create conflicts in relationships because they constantly make value judgments and comparisons with others. 

Addictive personalities constantly compare themselves to others, have unrealistic expectations of others, and make negative judgments based on their feelings of unworthiness and insecurity. The conflict occurs because the other person can never meet the expectations set by the addict. Because the addict can realize this on some level, they vacillate between blame and blame the other. All this will generate great internal conflicts and also in relation to the people around them.


Addictive personalities generally suffer from childhood confidence issues and issues related to fear of abandonment . These trust issues can be rooted in the addict’s desire to control every situation in his life. Their addiction may be due to a lack of love or a lack of security developed in childhood, and they may feel like they can’t really trust anyone other than themselves. 

Addiction serves to mask this feeling, which is usually rooted in feelings of fear and inadequacy. Because they can never truly control anyone’s behavior but their own, the addict may have trouble trusting someone in their life, feeling that they will eventually be betrayed or abandoned. People with addictive personalities think that there is no one in the world who understands or can be trusted.

Nice behavior to people

The addict’s inherent low self-esteem and feelings of inadequacy can lead to behaviors that are pleasant towards other people but unpleasant for oneself. People-pleasing behaviors are often as addictive as any drug, calling it “compulsively other-centered” behavior. 

Others may refer to this as codependency , which is an inability to separate self from others and the compulsion to constantly make others happy, putting the needs and desires of others above your own. Addicts lose their sense of self with people’s agreeable behavior, in the sense that their desire for external approval compromises their sense of self-worth and happiness. Other people may feel discouraged by this behavior, feeling that they are in a relationship with someone who is the shadow of a person, who has no thoughts or desires of their own.

Elle Mcdonald

I am Elle Mcdonald Specializations in Psychology . Graduated in psychology from the University of Tennessee in 2000. Diploma of Advanced Studies in the Department of Personality, Evaluation and psychological treatments with excellent results.

First Level of Master in Clinical Psychology at the Center for Behavioral Therapists (recognized with a scientific-professional nature by the College of Psychologists)

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