What is Histrionic Personality Disorder?
HPD is what is called a”Cluster B” or “dramatic” personality disorder. Volatile emotions and warped self-images characterize these disorders. People with HPD specifically are overdependent on the approval of those around them. In other words, self-worth arises from external sources rather than internal.
As a result, those with HPD will often exhibit dramatic behavior to get attention from people. This can include being overly sexual, seductive, or dressing provocatively. It can also include sudden changes from one end of the emotional spectrum to the other. For example, they might switch from being happy to sad in a very sudden manner. HPD has also been shown to affect women more often than men.
It’s not entirely known what causes HPD. It’s theorized that factors like genetics, learned behavior, and skewed reward systems can all play a part. The development of HPD may also involve sporadic attention and a lack of punishment throughout development. On the individual level, temperament, psychology, and learned coping mechanisms can all affect the onset of HPD as well.