histrionic personality disorder

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A personality disorder characterized by a pervasive pattern of excessive emotionality and attention-seeking behaviour, beginning by early adulthood and indicated by such signs and symptoms as discomfort when not being the centre of attention, inappropriate sexually seductive interactions with others, labile and shallow emotional expression, consistent use of physical appearance to attract attention, impressionistic speech style with insufficient detail, self-dramatization and theatricality, suggestibility, and a tendency to consider relationships to be more intimate than they really are. HPD abbrev. [From Latin histrionicus like an actor, from histrio an actor]

Subjects: Psychology.

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