The American Psychiatric Association defines histrionic personality disorder (HPD) as one that features extreme attention-seeking, usually in the form of a need for approval or flirtatious behavior. Doctors diagnose four times as many women with HPD as men, and it affects around three percent of the general population. Beyond certain symptoms, individuals with HPD will be able to function at a high level and remain successful socially, in school, and at work.
Most people with HPD have strong social skills, allowing them to maintain many relationships and succeed socially. However, they may use their skills to manipulate others and become the center of attention. Many people with HPD choose to withdraw from frustration rather than face the issue. They may exhibit a sensitivity to criticism, as well as an immense personal sense of pride. Often, they feel that relationships are more intimate than they are. Exhibitionist behavior and inappropriate sexual behavior is also common. The disorder can also lead to other people easily influencing the person with HPD.
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