Histrionic Personality Disorder Essay

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November 16, 2013 Histronic Personality Disorder (HPD) By: Jada Nunn-Mclean Course Instructor: Mrs. Sheryse M. Williams Psychology 100 Histronic Personality Disorder (HPD) is a disorder in which people act in a very emotional and dramatic way that draws attention to themselves. HPD is most common in women, women who have been in bad relationships, or desire something that they can’t have. When someone wants something so bad they will do whatever it takes, and take extreme measures to get what they have their eyes on. When I first started researching this disorder the movie “Obsessed” starring Idris Elba, and Beyonce Knowles popped in my head. If you are familiar with the movie plot then you know exactly where this comes into play. HPD is not an extremely dangerous disease, unless one makes it out that way. It starts to take place in the early childhood stages. If the child feels neglected, or put on the back burner they will start to feel the need to attract attention to themselves. As stated earlier it is more common in women then it is in men. Even though the disease starts to show in the early childhood stages in the late teens or early adulthood stages is when it is most active. In the movie “Obsessed” the character Lisa was falling in love with Derrick, he was happily married but she had her eye on the prize and literally fought to the death to prove her love for him. Going to the extreme is never necessary but to some people giving up is just not enough for them. Early symptoms of Histronic Personality Disorder are acting/looking overly seductive, overly sensitive to criticism, constantly seeking approval, very dramatic and emotional, and being easily influenced by others. Individuals with this disorder often have impaired relationships with same-sex friends because their sexually provocative interpersonal style may seem a threat to their

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