James Hicks, M.D., 50 SIGNS OF MENTAL ILLNESS (Yale University Press)

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Histrionics

The world is so cruel! You have been stranded here at a cocktail party, and no one is gallant enough to offer to escort you home. Don't they understand that you've been here for hours? Your poor little dog may die if you don't get home to walk and feed him. You know he misses you so much.

A girlfriend suggests you call a taxi-as if you could be seen leaving the party alone! What is she thinking? And no, you don't want her to give you a lift; you want a man to take you home. You have the espresso machine and brandy all set up in the living room. You just need to find someone . . . yes, like him-that handsome man who just walked in, the one with the movie star looks: there's no ring on his finger or woman in sight. You break off the conversation with your girlfriend and head across the room. Maybe you could stay a little longer after all.

This chapter covers the following topics:

  • Histrionics
  • Histrionic Traits Are Sometimes Evident in Other Mental Illnesses

 

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Fifty Signs of Mental Illness: A Guide to Understanding Mental Health
Yale University Press / New Haven and London
Copyright © 2005 by James Whitney Hicks

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