Histrionic personality disorder (HPD) is defined by the American Psychiatric Association as a personality disorder characterized by a pattern of excessive attention-seeking emotions, usually beginning in early adulthood, including inappropriately seductive behavior and an excessive need for approval. Histrionic people are lively, dramatic, vivacious, enthusiastic, and flirtatious. HPD is diagnosed four times as frequently in women as men. It affects 2–3% of the general population and 10–15% in inpatient and outpatient mental health institutions.
HPD lies in the dramatic cluster of personality disorders. People with HPD have a high need for attention, make loud and inappropriate appearances, exaggerate their behaviors and emotions, and crave stimulation. They may exhibit sexually provocative behavior, express strong emotions with an impressionistic style, and can be easily influenced by others. Associated features include egocentrism, self-indulgence, continuous longing for appreciation, and persistent manipulative behavior to achieve their own needs.
Moral Of The Story (Those Who Excel To Learn From Their History Are Groomed To Repeat It)
This is one of those Hollywood Urban Legends that although seldom discussed, has become extremely relevant in regards to what’s going on in modern American society and specifically with Hollywood Popular Culture, but for this article we can simply state that while it may have been that the racial climate of American society during the 1950’s is what led to the unidentified black man in the controversial image being and remaining unidentified to this very day, another logical reason may simply be due to the fact that he just did not crave attention and was perfectly fine with Marilyn having all of the spotlight as the star and primary attention seeker/finder, while he provided leadership from behind, making him hold extremely high value for Marilyn Monroe as the type of immortal soul that she was/is?