Another point to keep in mind is, that if a person is brought up in a way, wherein it is a part of the cultural norms and tradition to be dependent on a ‘stronger figure’, then it wouldn’t be right to call it a dependent personality disorder. An example for the same would be — a female who is dependent on the opposite sex because the culture demands the female to be docile, submissive, and completely dependent on the male and have no opinion of her own.
✶ Avoid taking independent decisions and responsibilities.
✶ Fear of abandonment or criticism towards expressing disagreements or taking decisions.
✶ Inability to take decisions without seeking advice from others, even in the smallest matters.
✶ Becoming vulnerable, helpless, and highly upset when a relationship ends.
✶ Becoming extremely submissive, meek or passive in a relationship and letting others take decisions on their behalf.