histrionism


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histrionism

(ˈhɪstrɪənɪzəm)
n
(Theatre) theatre formal acting, theatrical performance

histrionics, histrionism

the occupation of actors; playacting.
See also: Drama
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crossover repertoire with great originality and flamboyant histrionism.
Nero's histrionism (qualified by historiographies as the actor emperor, the citared emperor, the histrionic) would only be the coagulation in a position, in a status, in a role (the actor and the stage) of the irrational unleashed in the arena, the expression of a need for theatrical supervision of an imaginary collective fantasmatic overwhelmed, outbid, invaded, engaged the slope of a true psychosis.
It is worth noting that the histrionic personality pattern showed high correlations with every communication style; this result might be explained by the more dramatic and expressive behavioral pattern in histrionism. It should be noted that the histrionic and narcissistic patterns follow a very similar pattern of relationships with communication styles, while the compulsive pattern is differentiated from those above by the fact that it exhibits a significant negative relationship with the contentious, animated, dramatic and open styles.
At a time when narcissism seems so rampant, it is a bit befuddling to many of us that the American Psychiatric Association is preparing to remove it as a discrete personality disorder from the upcoming diagnostic manual and replace it with four separate traits to be identified for attention under a general umbrella of personality disorder, narcissism, manipulativeness, callousness, and histrionism. (The latter means the attention-seeking behavior that can be entertaining for five minutes at a holiday party and then merely becomes enervating and aggravating.) Perhaps it actually will make it easier to identify narcissists diagnostically, because a checklist that encompasses those other Waits no longer will be necessary; we'll see.
But, no, not for him the way of this wily rascal who deals with the intractabilities of social circumstance by simply mocking them in the cultivation of an extravagant histrionism. No, Ellison's protagonist is a liminar who, though separated from the established orders of the world, is yet not estranged from himself.