Individuals with histrionic personality disorder are hard to overlook, as their primary goal is to attract the heightened attention of those around them.
According to the DSM-5, histrionic personality disorder (HPD) is a clinical syndrome characterized by excessive dramatization, emotional instability, and superficiality. People with this disorder constantly seek to be the center of attention, often behaving provocatively, overtly sexual, or seductively, and theatrically exaggerating emotions.
People with HPD tend to be selfish and display a lack of empathy towards others. Nevertheless, such behavior can be appealing—individuals diagnosed with histrionic personality disorder often have numerous admirers. This disorder is not particularly rare, affecting approximately 2-3% of the adult population. It is believed that women are more likely to suffer from this condition, but some studies suggest that the prevalence of this syndrome is similar among both men and women.
Brief Histrionic Personality Scale (BHPS)
Developed in 2014 by Christopher J. Ferguson and Charles Negy, this short test for histrionic personality disorder is based on the core symptoms of individuals diagnosed with HPD. It is designed to determine whether your behavior exhibits signs of this disorder. The test consists of 11 questions and takes only about 2 minutes to complete.
Ferguson & Negy (2014). Development of a brief screening questionnaire for histrionic personality symptoms. Personality & Individual Differences, 66, 124-127.
This test is intended for informational and educational purposes only. Please note that the results of the histrionic personality disorder test are not a diagnosis and cannot replace a consultation with a professional. If desired, you may share your results with a mental health specialist.
I find it exciting to flirt with others
I like to be the center of attention
I always seem to have new friends
I’d prefer not to commit to just one romantic partner
I flirt even with people who I’m not attracted to
I tend to be the "life of the party"
A lot of people find me sexually appealing
I know how to make people like me right away
I get frustrated when people don’t notice me
I’m very interested in material things like cars, shoes, etc.