Histrionic Personality Disorder / Or, the New Female “Norm”

Isn’t it a bit unfair to promote this behavior in young girls and women, and then label them with a personality disorder?

Hasn’t this “pattern of behavior” become the “ideal” in social media, entertainment, music and fashion?

From DSM-V: Persons with Histrionic Personality Disorder* are characterized by a pattern of excessive emotionality and attention seeking. Their lives are full of drama (so-called “drama queens”). They are uncomfortable in situations where they are not the center of attention.

  • People with this disorder are often quite flirtatious or seductive, and like to dress in a manner that draws attention to them.
  • They can be flamboyant and theatrical, exhibiting an exaggerated degree of emotional expression.
  • Yet simultaneously, their emotional expression is vague, shallow, and lacking in detail. This gives them the appearance of being disingenuous and insincere.
  • Moreover, the drama and exaggerated emotional expression often embarrasses friends and acquaintances as they may embrace even casual acquaintances with excessive ardor, or may sob uncontrollably over some minor sentimentality.

People with Histrionic Personality Disorder can appear flighty and fickle. Their behavioral style often gets in the way of truly intimate relationships, but it is also the case that they are uncomfortable being alone.

They tend to feel depressed when they are not the center of attention. When they are in relationships, they often imagine relationships to be more intimate in nature than they actually are.

People with Histrionic Personality Disorder tend to be suggestible; that is, they are easily influenced by other people’s suggestions and opinions. A literary character that exemplifies the Histrionic Personality Disorder is the character of Blanche DuBois in Tennessee William’s classic play, “Streetcar Named Desire.” A rather mild case compared to today’s female “role models” !!! 

Great send up – and ridicule – of women…

Despite being “hated” (and in-your-face displays of industrial-strength boobs) these “women” are drastically “masculinized” in behavior and appearance.

These “deformed” characters are presented in American pop-culture as proper role models for “how to be a successful woman” and the imitation of this “type” has spread like an invasive species among young girls, teenagers and (infantile-neotenic) adult women.

This “cultural” phenomenon is revenge / payback on the part of “top males” for women daring to fight for equality and change in the social order, and it’s a well-known  strategy to rationalize violence against an enemy. Portraying women as emotional psychopaths who are as “badly behaved” as men (or worse) – ie stripped of any claim to “classic feminine virtues” such as compassion, loyalty and unconditional love – that is, “civilized behavior” serves to validate any and all brutality toward them. It also demonstrates the “Biblical” paranoia that females, (if given any freedom), become hyper-sexual predators – castrators. In other words, females will usurp behavior that is reserved for privileged males.

See also: DSM-5 Top Ten Personality Disorders Cluster “B”Borderline Personality Disorder, Narcissistic Personality Disorder, Antisocial Personality Disorder, where you will find yourself, your friends, family members, children, favorite politicians, sports idols, bankers, mentors, pastors, priests, etc.!

 

 

 

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