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Psycology » Psychiatry and psychotherapy » Personality disorder » Theatre (hysterical, demonstrative) personality disorder (histrionic personality disorder)

This term is used in the ICD-10 and DSM-IIIR. Important features of such a person is a tendency to dramatization, thirst new desire to experience strong emotions, and self-centered approach to personal relationships.

Having separate minor features demonstrative, theatricality can be socially useful. Carriers such features charming, able to make a nice company, they often invited to visit, they are successfully involved in amateur theatricals, and speaking to an audience with a speech, able to capture the audience. They tend to hide their emotions, they are easy to enthrall or to tears, but these feelings will soon pass. When these qualities are exaggerated with hysterical personality disorder, they become much less acceptable. Man takes himself as a greater person than actually, as if he constantly plays the role of calcio-not being able to be oneself. Often he did not seem to realize that other people see through him and his camouflage this falls short. Instead of pleasure, which is usually perceived novelty with only some features of this type, with a hysterical personality disorder observed continual feverish search for new sensations along with fleeting enthusiasm, willingness to boredom and an unquenchable thirst for novelty. Tendency to egocentrism can be greatly exaggerated when hysterical personality disorder. Person lacks attention to others, he thinks only about their own interests and pleasure. One gets the impression that he has a great conceit, no one is considered something constantly requires and can go to extreme measures to make others obey their wishes. Emotional blackmail, angry scenes and demonstrative suicide attempt all this relates to the typical tricks such person. He easily puts emotions show, others exhausting tantrums or dramatic expressions of despair. In fact, he apparently only marginally experiencing demonstrated their emotions quickly recovers and often seems surprised that other people are not ready to forget these scenes as easily as he did.
These features are added to the ability to self-deception, which sometimes reaches an astonishing degree. Man continues to consider itself the right, when all the facts prove otherwise. He is able to defend a sophisticated, intricate lies long after other people recognize it. Such a pattern of behavior in its extreme form is seen in pathological liars and cheaters. Individual quality from those described, especially the rapidly diminishing enthusiasm, easy transition from laughter to tears, the pleasure derived from the role-playing and self-absorption, normal children. Therefore, some psychiatrists have applied in relation to the type definition of immature personality. However, this term is inaccurate, and it is better to avoid.
When hysterical personality disorder is also violated and sexual life. Especially in women is often observed sexual provocation in conjunction with frigidity. They are trying to inspire, showing love and flirting, but often incapable of deep feeling, it is not always possible to reach orgasm.

Schneider singled out people with hysterical personality disorder, a special group of persons to whom the term is applied attention-seeking psychopaths. This type of person is constantly striving to create the impression that he is something more than it actually is, and makes unreasonable demands of others.


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