Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Histrionic Personality Disorder (HPD)

Histrionic personality disorder and pathological lying go hand in hand. They are both attention seekers and they are both connected with early childhood. Once a person has at least one of these mental illnesses, there is really no way to get rid of it. People, mostly women, that have HPD are self-indulgent, self-centered, and dependant on others. They will tell stories of unrealistic fantasies and claim it to be their life story. Sometimes they show intense anger in inappropriate situations, particularly if they are being challenged. They may even attempt manipulative suicide threats in order to gain the attention they are seeking. It just comes with the disorder. When it comes to their emotions, they are shallow. They do not understand others or themselves at any depth and so they do not even try. They only believe the fantasies that they tell themselves is the reality.

Pathological liars are also called mythomaniacs and they take on many of the same characteristics of a person that suffers from HPD. They will exaggerate things to no end that make the situations utterly ridiculous. They always need to do things better than any other person they come in contact with. No matter what or who, it or they, are. They make their own reality around themselves and do not value honesty to any degree. When called out on one of their lies they will react in intense anger depending on their personality. Another two things that go hand in hand are honesty and loyalty. So if the honesty is not valued, neither is the loyalty. They will embellish a story to make a person(s) look work worse than they really are. Over time they contradict what they say and will also change their stories to create other fantasies. The worst attribute of a pathological liar (and possibly the scariest) is that they believe their own fantasy made up stories themselves. Every lie that they tell, becomes a reality to them.

Did I just describe someone that you know? Maybe I just described you. People like this are all around us. I may have just described your best friend, mother, father, husband, wife, or even yourself. So let me ask you, what can be done about this? There is no cure except for therapy. But even for therapy to work the person will need to be telling the truth and that is impossible for a person with these attributes. So really, there is no cure.

The people that I myself have come in contact with that have all of these characteristics, are also somewhat of hypochondriacs. They will claim that they have some sort of illness or injury that stops them from pretty much doing anything, at all. Once they make this claim, then it becomes their reality and they will truly believe that they have that illness or injury. They will even go so far as to have major surgery to make their claims real to everyone else. If one doctor turns them away and refuses to do the surgery, they move on to the next doctor until they find one that will perform surgery on them. Sad.

What is even more sad is the people that will go along with their stories and believe them. Those people will turn on everyone else as well. That's double sad. I could go on and on about this whole thing but I think I will cut it short here. Maybe I'll write more about it later because I have a lot to say about the subject. Peace to all.

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Pristine Girl said...

Very well put! Although there is a big different between Pathological liars and Histrionics, I see what you meant though! Liars constantly lie to get attention whereas Histrionic's have fixed fantasies to attain attention. One will in fact believe that these fantasies are true in order to stay happy. They are a way of coping e.g. to make up for love not recieved.

Lying is knowing and being well aware that 'the story' told is a full-blown hoax, all to get attention, whereas a story told by a histrionic is often only very naive and endearing with stubborness reflecting the 'regressed child' (who might still be 8 years old, emotionally). On a darker note: when the histrionic realises that these subjective fantasies are not reality, one will fall into devistation, depression and sadness...

Imagine a child, a girl, who loves the tooth fairy. Suddently she finds out that the imagined tooth fairy never was, that it was all a hoax...
You know the outcome!

This is exactly the case for histrionics :)
- This is only one part of the condition though!

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I am a 29 year old female psych major, and my mother I feel has been misdiagnosed with nearly every other illness. She lies, and has all the symptoms (excluding the seductive ones) of a histrionic PD. She has people believing that she is psychic (I really am not sure due to the past lying) and can not even get past herself enough to "grandmother" her grandchildren. The lying helps her to remain in the spotlight when the light seems to "dim" on her and I have wathced her throw tantrums like a 2 year old when things where not to her liking. "BLowin Smoke" is an awesome article to help people understand this very rarely diagnosed illness.

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A.M.M. said...

I came across your blog while Googling related information. Man are you wrong. If you have a public blog like this you might want to do a bit more research before you talk about something you don't understand.

Both of those personality disorders are perfectly treatable, usually through a combination of medication and therapy; specifically cognitive behavioral therapy.

http://www.minddisorders.com/Flu-Inv/Histrionic-personality-disorder.html

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You just described me. Ive told massive life altering lies (that i was addicted to drugs, that my best friend died, in 5th grade i even claimed that i was born outside the country) and i cant stop. i wish there was someway to change because nobody not one person on earth knows the real me.

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