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Histrionic Personality Disorder (2)

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• Are not likely to get involved in a committed relationship that has the potential to endure over time because they fear commitment;

• Will spend lots of money trying to improve their appearance (hair, clothes, cosmetics, etc.). They’ll fish for compliments regarding their appearance and find it hard to

 handle anything they regard as critical;

• Often intolerant or frustrated when they have to delay gratification, they need immediate satisfaction;

• May initiate a new job, but quickly lose interest. Lacking the emotional energy to see things through, they always need new and exciting activities;

• Are at increased risk for suicidal ideation and it is often difficult to discern if this is a cry for attention or a real threat;

• Have lots of physical complaints (how “bad” they feel, etc.), often psychosomatic in nature, but upon medical evaluation there is no disease present; and

• Are at high risk for major depression, although their demeanor may cover up the symptoms so that it is hard to discover.


How Histrionic Personalities Communicate:

They are very subjective in what they share: they have strong opinions, but lack supporting evidence and details to back them up;

They communicate excessively, with exaggerated speech. They either express immoderate sentiment or throw temper tantrums. They will place blame and publicly shame others;


They wear their emotions on their sleeves and have no sensitivity as to when it is appropriate to express them. They turn emotions on and off so quickly it leaves the impression that they’re “faking it.” They are superficial in every area of their lives and are known as insincere;


Often highly suggestive and whimsical, they don’t take the time to think through their values and choices: how they behave, what they believe, character, morals, etc.—nor do they consider the consequences of their choices;


They often lie, frequently presenting a false picture or telling half-truths;


They are very easily influenced and overly trusting of strong authority figures;


They need to be motivated for change. This motivation only occurs when they are in enough emotional pain;


When in a significant relationship, they may try to communicate to the other person that the relationship is an intimate one when it is really very shallow and leaves a lot to be desired. They actually survive on their romantic fantasies;


They present themselves as either the “victim” or the “prince/princess;”


They are very emotional, destructively manipulative and show a marked dependency on people and things;


They constantly demand attention and caretaking—which easily drains relationships;  


Their relationships wear out quickly because they are not based on honesty; and


They need novelty in relationships and do not do well with routine.