Histrionic Personality Disorder (HPD) is a long standing, durable set of problematic traits in a persons personality. HPD individuals experience excessive emotionality, and are prone to attention-seeking outbursts of anger or crying.
* Antisocial personality disorder - Psychopaths/sociopaths * Narcissistic personality disorder * Histrionic personality disorder * Schizoid personality disorder * Borderline personality disorder These all have some of the symptoms of sociopaths, there may be more but these are the ones that I currently know of. This is a good reference site: http://www.crescentlife.com/disorders/personality_disorders.htm
There is some similarity between a love addict and a person with a histrionic personality disorder, insofar as love is often expressed in an overly dramatic or histrionic way, but the two conditions are not the same. Love is not just about being dramatic. Love addicts think that they must be in love with someone, to give meaning to their lives, whereas histrionic people just like to display their emotions in an exaggerated manner.
Histrionic Personality Disorder is a psychiatric disorder that is characterized by engaging in risky and inappropriate behaviors for attention. Though patients often exhibit provocative behavior, that is only one symptom out of many, so a person could theoretically still have the condition, but also have a fear of sexual contact.
Histrionic focuses on personalities which exhibit excessive attention seeking. Borderline personalities focus on destructive lack of emotional control. People with bpd (borderline personality disorder) and people with histrionic personality disorder both exhibit the inability to identify themselves without other people. People with a histrionic personlity disorder are known to go with what other people believe and basically adopt others viewpoints as their own without being able to logically intellectualize or really understand the actual details that go with whatever opinion or belief they make their own. Constantly need other's approval. Can't rely on their own judgments or ideas. Bpd's on the other hand, actually question what it is they do believe in and what their place in this world really is. Both personality types obviously lack the ability to identify themselves. However, those with bpd actually seem to question their chamillion like ways and perceptions.
Recent research done at the University of Surrey in 2005 suggests that people with Histrionic Personality Disorder can be quite successful as executives. Psychologists interviewed and tested a large pool of high-salaried executives in England and compared them for evidence of the 11 personality disorders from Clusters A, B, and C from the DSM-IV, and found that 3 personality disorders were more common in corporate executives than in criminal populations. These were: Histrionic, Narcissistic, and Obsessive-Compulsive Personality Disorders.
Each personality disorder is classified into one of three "clusters": clusters A, B, or C. Cluster A is called the "eccentric" cluster, and it includes schizotypal, paranoid, and schizoid personality disorders. Cluster B is called the "dramatic" or "erratic" cluster, and it includes ASPD (another name for sociopathy), borderline, histrionic, and narcissistic personality disorder. Cluster C is called the "anxious" or "dependent" cluster, and it includes avoidant, dependent, and obsessive-compulsive personality disorders. Cluster B is the one that shares the most characteristics with sociopathy. Borderline personality disorder is a disorder that is characterized by emotional instability. People with borderline generally are described as "childish", and they often feel as if they are victimized. Their emotional swings often resemble those of sociopathy. Histrionic personality disorder is characterized by attention seeking, including excess seduction, being the "life of the party" even if there isn't a party, and have quick mood swings (which is something that all of Cluster B has in common). This disorder is similar to sociopathy because of the need for all of the attention to be on them. Finally, we come to narcissistic personality disorder. Those with narcissistic personality disorder think of themselves as the greatest thing alive. They are bad at taking criticism in any way. They require constant attention, and they may lie to achieve their own goals. The main reason that those with narcissistic personality disorder resemble sociopaths, though, is because they feel little to no empathy. To sum that long answer up, borderline personality disorder resembles sociopathy because of its mood swings, histrionic personality disorder resembles sociopathy because of the attention-seeking, and narcissistic personality disorder resembles sociopathy because of the near or full lack of empathy.
There are a number of mental disorders that can fall in the category.Autistic Spectrum Disease, Asperger's Syndrome, and SavantsThey can be very smart, but in a limited field, and have difficulties with more general criteria.There are several personality disorders that might be related.Cluster A -- People who appear "odd or eccentric." Paranoid Personality DisorderSchizoid Personality DisorderSchizotypal Personality DisorderCluster B -- Highly egocentric people who may appear "dramatic, emotional, erratic."Antisocial Personality DisorderBorderline Personality DisorderHistrionic Personality Disorder and Narcissistic Personality DisorderPerhaps of the above list, Narcissistic Personality Disorder fits best into the category of people with hyperinflated egos, however, most of the personality disorders involve the individual putting themselves and their needs separate from society's needs.