crossover repertoire with great originality and flamboyant 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.