Julie Miller's Mental Health Blog

Histrionic Personality #2

Posted on: April 8, 2010

An individual with histrionic personality disorder, traits or features has intense, unstable emotions and distorted self-image.  As with any personality issues, the individual often has no idea why they struggle with emotions and relationships.  Depending on the severity of the individual’s illness, they experience varying degrees of suffering.

Their self-esteem depends on the approval of others and does not come from a true feeling of self-worth.  The vagaries of others’ thoughts, feelings and behaviors determine how the individual feels about themselves.

Perhaps you can relate to this – most of us can at one time or another.  Imagine the rollercoaster ride of your emotions when they are based on others’ behaviors and responses to you.  You are not free.  You are not in charge of your own emotions, behaviors, or your own life.  You are at the mercy of others.

In general, people with histrionic personality disorder do not believe they need help, even though they may experience emotional pain. They might seek help if depression or another more acute problem surfaces, often as a result of a loss or failed relationship.

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