Similar to the distorted thinking patterns we discussed earlier, the problem for people with personality disorders is the extreme degree and persistence of their dys-regulated affect.In addition, people with healthy personalities tend to understand when it is beneficial to express a particular emotion, and when it is best to restrict its expression.
This differs from a healthy personality where we expect a full range of emotional intensity from controlled to fully expressive.
On the other side of the affective spectrum is the Histrionic Personality Disorder, which represents emotional under-regulation.
This disorder is characterized by an extremely reactive emotional pattern that shifts very rapidly.
A friend asked to read this post and it was quite popular on an old blog of mine, so I’m reposting it here. ” That was the topic of one of Marie’s blog posts (months ago, but I missed it! I started a reply to her that I realized was long enough to constitute a blog post of its own, so here is my reply to her: I have thought a lot about this, and have many theories, so bear with me. I should refrain from using that term, as it stigmatizes people, like myself, who have legitimate psychiatric conditions. It doesn’t matter how much weight I gain, or if I get obnoxious too often, or if I do crazy things like hacking into their email to retrieve an accidental “reply-all” message, or even crazier stuff like throwing a whole Christmas tree at them.
(Not that I feel offended or targeted by your blog in any way.) But, whatever. I never have had a problem getting and maintaining male attention. As for the “bitch” part, I think that is a sexual stereotype that wouldn’t hold up if it were a man exhibiting the same behaviors. Yes, she was a bombshell, but part of the reason she was a bombshell is that she exuded sex, as many of us do for reasons I will get to further on down the list.