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Histrionic Personality Disorder (5)

Most histrionics suffer from not having a clear view of Christ:

 

- Help them understand that they have an impaired sense of self and to know how much God loves and esteems them;

 

- If they don’t know the Lord, let them know how much He desires to be in relationship with them;

 

- Help them have assurance of salvation;

 

- Share Scriptures on self-esteem as an encouragement to them: Gen. 1:26,27; Psalm 8; 1 Cor. 6:3; Psalms 139, 56;

 

- Encourage them in the importance of prayer and staying in God’s Word (II Tim. 2:15).

 

- Help them get God’s Word into their lives, exchanging the “old tapes” (irrational beliefs) in their heads for His truth.

 

- Help them get in touch with their feelings in a healthy way. Feelings are neither right nor wrong—it is what we do with them that is is right or wrong.

 

- Help them change their negative opinions of themselves and exchange those negative emotions for positive ones. They need to get in touch with, and learn how to respond to, their feelings rather than just react to them.

 

People suffering from histrionic symptoms need lots of attention because they feel they have been cast off and don’t have a lot of meaningful interpersonal relationships. Their emotions are shallow because they have been wounded and they don’t want to let others in; they don’t want to take risks and be vulnerable to more pain. Help to move them to increase their repertoire of coping strategies so that they can more effectively deal with the frustrations and pain in their lives.

 

Because they tend to be seductive, etc., teach them how to exercise moderation in habits of dress and makeup.

 

Assist them in developing appropriate methods of expressing their emotions without being shallow and without exaggeration.

 

In interpersonal relationships, help them establish alliances based on consistency and reliability rather than on their deep feelings. They need to feel safe; help them establish limits—what is acceptable and what is not.

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