Encyclopedia of Clinical Neuropsychology

2018 Edition
| Editors: Jeffrey S. Kreutzer, John DeLuca, Bruce Caplan

Histrionic Personality Disorder

  • Cynthia RolstonEmail author
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-57111-9_9203


Histrionic personality disorder (HPD) is characterized in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (5th ed.; DSM-5; American Psychiatric Association 2013) by a pervasive pattern of excessive emotionality and attention seeking, beginning in early adulthood and present across contexts. Criteria include using physical appearance to draw attention to self; discomfort when not the center of attention; inappropriate provocative or seductive behavior; self-dramatization and theatricality; rapidly shifting, shallow, exaggerated expression of emotion; impressionistic speech with paucity of details; suggestibility in relationships; and overestimation of intimacy in relationships.


HPD is classified with the cluster B personality disorders in DSM-5.

Current Knowledge


Prevalence rates hover around 1.8% of the population, with HPD most commonly diagnosed in women.

Clinical Correlates

Individuals with HPD struggle to achieve intimacy in both...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PM&RVirginia Commonwealth University-Medical College of VirginiaRichmondUSA