Oh, the drama!

Very good analysis.


It’s about 2/3 of the way through the spring term, so it’s time again for my intro psychology students to learn about the various personality disorders, as defined by the American Psychiatric Association. One interesting one – and not necessarily in a good way – is Histrionic Personality Disorder (HPD).

Traditionally, HPD was estimated to occur in perhaps 2-3% of the population. You know these folks; you’ve known them all your life. They’re exciting, intense, and fun; the life of the party, the center of attention…and they can’t turn it “off” when appropriate. It’s the “friend” who wears a very well-fitted white dress to your wedding; the family member who always has to make it “about them,” when it’s very, very much about someone else; the middle-aged parent who is trying to compete with a teenaged child to the point of embarrassment (for the child, that is). They lack empathy…

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