The conflicted avoidant feels ambivalent towards themselves and others. They can idealize those close to them but under stress they may feel under-appreciated or misunderstood and wish to hurt others in revenge. They may be perceived as petulant or to be sulking.
"They idealize their close friends and companions, but should their sense of autonomy be threatened, they seek to undermine or humiliate them...They may attack others for failing to recognize their need for affection, but accuse those who offer nurturance of seeking to compromise their independence."
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