cluster Bs. they are like psychopaths but they possess the ability to emote.
these empathy challenged creatures are everywhere and of the four cluster B subtypes, the histrionic variant is probably the easiest to spot.
people suffering from HPD are overemotional and dramatic. they have difficulty coping with loss/failure. they tend to blame others for their failures and take no responsibility for their actions. they are easily bored and unable to deal with frustration. egocentric and hedonistic, they crave novelty and excitement. i suspect that hybristophilia is rampant in this personality disorder. there is a link between HPD and ASPD. researchers have found many women diagnosed with HPD have a male family member diagnosed with ASPD.
straight from the DSM
a pervasive pattern of excessive emotionality and attention-seeking, beginning by early adulthood and present in a variety of contexts, as indicated by five (or more) of the following:
is uncomfortable in situations in which he or she is not the center of attention
interaction with others is often characterized by inappropriate sexually seductive or provocative behavior
displays rapidly shifting and shallow expression of emotions
consistently uses physical appearance to draw attention to self
has a style of speech that is excessively impressionistic and lacking in detail
shows self-dramatization, theatricality, and exaggerated expression of emotion
is suggestible, i.e., easily influenced by others or circumstances
considers relationships to be more intimate than they actually are
the majority of those diagnosed with HPD are women but men are found orbiting this cluster of annoying, dramatic and erratic traits. i was reminded of that this week when i read scorched earth's highlight of coyote racist, DEAN SMITH.
you may want to read 17 Barks blog post on racism first.
other links of interest
The Peep Show
Naughty Peep Show Part 2
Vintage Naughty Peep Show
my favorite book on the topic of personality disorders is available at amazon.
Theodore Millon is the man when it comes axis 2. don't settle for anything less.