Histrionic Personality Disorder

Histrionic Personality Disorder is a mental disorder in a group of conditions known as “Cluster B” or dramatic personality disorders. The literal definition of the word histrionic is dramatic or theatrical. Individuals with this disorder usually have intense, highly unstable emotions and self-image. Their self-esteem changes dramatically depending on the approval or criticism of others. They are self-centered and have an overwhelming need to be noticed and act in ways to become the center of attention, even to the point of manipulating others in order to become the focus of attention.

A person with histrionic personality disorder often:

  • dresses provocatively and exhibits flirtatious behavior,
  • acts dramatically as if performing for an audience,
  • is overly concerned with their appearance, constantly looking in the mirror,
  • uses exaggerated emotions and expressions, but lacking in sincerity,
  • has difficulty maintaining relationships,
  • and may even attempt self-harm or suicide to get the attention they seek.

Many, if not most, individuals with histrionic personality disorder do not recognize they have a problem, or even believe they should seek counseling. Only after the loss of a relationship and the onset of depression or other distress do they finally seek therapy.

This report is not a diagnosis. We hope this information can guide you into improving your life.

Review our Knowledge Base or the links displayed on this page for similar and related topics.