“I’m special, look at me!”: features of a hysterical personality type

There is a very widespread belief that the hysterical personality type is characteristic only of the female half. The connection to this comes from the literal translation of the term “hysteria.” If you translate the word “hysteria” from Greek, you get the word “uterus”. In ancient times, it was believed that the uterus was a wandering organ inside the female body, and it was this organ that caused hysteria: unexpected loud laughter, bitchy behavior, uncontrollable tears.

But this theory ceased to exist after the statement of S. Freud, who in one of his sincere confessions was forced to admit that his character contained traits of the hysteroid type.

general characteristics

Hysteroid is a type of personality accentuation, characterized by an irrepressible and uncontrollable desire to constantly be in the center of attention. Their main goal is universal admiration and worship. In order to receive praise, they can take unprecedented measures and shocking actions that shock the public. If no one shows interest, they become very upset and may become depressed and even get sick. In socionics, this is a pronounced demonstrative psychotype, working exclusively for the public.


  • weak nervous system;
  • poor tolerance to any stress (physical, emotional, intellectual);
  • poor health, likes to get sick (to attract attention).

Leading features:

  • demonstrativeness, deliberate mannerism;
  • the desire to constantly and at any cost be in the center of attention;
  • thirst for admiration, veneration, adoration, worship.

The entire description of the character of a hysterical personality type is contained in one phrase: “Idolize me!” Negative features:

  • tendency to intrigue;
  • idle talk, ability to perform verbal balancing act;
  • hypocrisy;
  • cockiness, feigned belligerence, readiness to rush into a fight at any moment, starts up half a turn;
  • recklessness, carelessness, recklessness - lack of plans for the future;
  • reckless risk;
  • boasting mixed with lies about non-existent successes;
  • selfishness;
  • heightened self-esteem;
  • love of social life and empty entertainment;
  • touchiness.

The “weak link” of a hysterical personality type is a blow to self-esteem and the exposure of fantasies about oneself.

Positive features:

  • perseverance and perseverance in achieving goals;
  • initiative, enterprise, quick generation of good work ideas;
  • communication skills;
  • resourcefulness, intelligence;
  • activity, energy;
  • excellent organizational skills, leadership qualities;
  • autonomy, independence;
  • pronounced individualism, originality, originality;
  • an increased level of empathy, the ability to deeply understand another person, however, this knowledge is used purely for the benefit of the hysteroid, to satisfy some of his whims, to achieve his goals.

The hysterical personality type burns out very quickly. After each burst of energy and outburst, he feels completely exhausted and exhausted, takes a break and goes to rest in silence and solitude. Distinctive appearance features:

  • well-groomed, impeccable appearance;
  • love for fancy styles and acidic tones in clothes;
  • unusual hairstyles;
  • bright makeup;
  • pretentiousness;
  • in old age - the desire to “look younger”;
  • demonstrating with all their appearance that they are not like everyone else;
  • light, graceful gait “from the hip”;
  • lively, emotional facial expressions;
  • active gestures;
  • smooth movements;
  • good, refined figure.

Before Freud, hysterics in psychology were considered as personality types characteristic exclusively of the female sex. However, after the father of psychoanalysis personally admitted that he was prone to the traits inherent in this accentuation, this postulate was revised.

Compatibility of different accentuations

What is the compatibility of a hysteroid and:

  • ...hysteroid

These two personalities have a lot to talk about: social gossip, new fashion, trends, the latest collections of Armani and Gucci. However, such communication is very superficial and does not oblige you to anything. It’s difficult for them as a couple, because everyone is able to think and care only about themselves. After the veil of love falls in three months, they will begin to wither due to lack of attention and look for it on the side.

  • ...epileptoid

There is only one wealthy couple here: a hysterical woman and an epileptoid man. The wife is a spectacular social beauty, of whom her husband is rightfully proud as his own decoration. He will surround her with luxury and care. She will slowly turn into a manipulator and enjoy his attention. She can go to the left, and if she is caught, she will theatrically wring her hands and demonstratively break dishes. Most often, the epileptoid forgives the betrayal, but after that he takes the hysteroid with a tight grip.

  • ...paranoid

Paranoid is a personality type with a strong nervous system. Therefore, a hysterical person can fall in love with him, will walk with his mouth open, listen to every word and worship him almost like a deity. However, he is too fickle, and as soon as a new luminary, broadcasting the truth, looms on the horizon, the hysteroid may move over to him. From the point of view of marriage, a couple of woman-p and man-i will be wealthy. The wife will take on the role of manager in the family and will help her husband achieve career heights. If the gender is the opposite, the superficial and narrow-minded beauty will shake from the rigidity and steadfastness of her husband and secretly cheat on him.

  • ...schizoid

These two personality types are radically opposed to form a pair both in communication and in marriage. They have no common themes. They are too different even in appearance: one is stylish and fashionable, and the second is unkempt and unkempt. For this they despise each other. If a spark of love suddenly flashes, the flighty and cheating hysteroid will deeply wound the sensitive schizoid and make him suffer greatly. Relationships are possible only in one case - if it is a marriage of convenience.

  • ...hyperthyma

The beginning of their relationship is like a real fairy tale. The hyperthymic personality type knows how to look after beautifully, carries the glamorous hysterical in his arms and blows off specks of dust from him. Walks on a boat, a romantic dinner by candlelight, expensive gifts - all this suits both, until... Until the first one gets tired and immerses himself in another project of his life - and this can be not only a new partner, but also a career, a hobby or something... something else. He loses interest in his former toy, who cannot stand it and, offended, leaves, breaking all the mirrors and dishes in the house.

  • ...emotive

Such couples often meet in life and at first they are very happy. Emotive is sincerely in love, surrounds the hysterical personality with care and warmth. And that’s all she needs. Melting away from each other, they are blissful and even get married. However, over time, the emotive begins to understand the superficiality and frivolity of the hysteroid. He becomes offended. He either endures this situation and remains unhappy for the rest of his life, or gets divorced.

  • …cycloid

Cycloids are deep people who do not understand and do not accept the posturing and theatricality of the hysteroid. Even if such a couple develops, then until the first depression or hysteria, the cyclothymic. Then a scandal and even a fight cannot be avoided.

Positive traits

People with a demonstrative type of character perform well in professions in the “person-to-person” sphere. This is due to their ability to play a role. They know how to masterfully adapt to those on whom their future fate will depend: bosses, important clients, spectators. Hysteroids are excellent at mastering the acting profession and perform well as service personnel.

Representatives of this accentuation know how to adapt to any client: they behave with restraint with a choleric person, and actively with a phlegmatic person. They need approval, but also know that the path to it will not be easy.

The demonstrative personality type manifests itself well in family relationships, because it knows how to adapt to a partner, suppress and resolve conflicts.


In psychology, the hysterical personality type is represented by several types. Therefore, there is a special classification of this character accentuation:

  • paranoid hysteroid - fixated on his fame, for which he is ready to move mountains, often achieves popularity;
  • hyperthymic - all the traits inherent in the hysterical personality type are manifested as clearly as possible; rude and impudent;
  • anxious - too fixated on his appearance and universal adoration, worries and trembles over every failure;
  • epileptoid - hot-tempered and irritable, often uses quarrels and even fights to attract the attention of others;
  • emotive - experiencing any emotion too much, often ends up with a mental personality disorder;
  • schizoid - stubborn, shocking, bright, unusual.

In psychology, there is also a typology of types of thinking by psychotherapist A. Kurpatov, according to which a person of this character accentuation is a hysterical reflector. He perceives the world around him reflexively, through how others treat him.


Hysterical personality disorder is a very painful mental illness that causes many problems not only for others, but also for the patient himself. It is characterized by a high level of anxiety, numerous conflicts and contradictions. Such people tend to deliberately look for dangerous situations and get involved in various adventures.

Not all of them can suspect the presence of the disease, so they often do not resort to treatment. However, an experienced specialist, through personal examination, conversation and mental tests, can quickly make a diagnosis and prescribe treatment. The only effective method at the moment is psychotherapy, which can take a lot of time. But with its help, the patient will be able to get rid of painful symptoms and after a while feel much better.

Reasons for formation

Depending on the age stage, the factors influencing the formation of the hysteroid personality type vary greatly.

  • In early childhood

In childhood, upbringing plays an important role. When a child goes through a 3-year-old crisis, he often has tantrums. If parents learn to respond to them correctly, the tantrums will subside after a while and will not recur. If the situation is aggravated, this will develop into a stable accentuation of character and will contribute to the formation of a hysterical personality type.

  • At school age

If at school teachers or classmates begin to highlight any of the child’s talents, even if it is in its infancy, a hysterical personality type may well develop. The habit of worship will last a lifetime.

  • During adolescence

Here everything can go exactly the opposite. If parents and teachers constantly belittle a teenager's personal dignity and force him to hide his talents and sexuality, he will demonstrate freedom of expression out of spite. Over time, this sometimes goes away, but not for everyone. Someone is forever stuck in this challenge posed to society.

  • In adults

Even as an adult, a person can become hysterical. This can be influenced by external factors: for example, unexpected success and sudden drop in popularity. Sometimes the impetus is internal complexes and reserves: severe stress forces you to radically reconsider your views and values, to turn from a gray mouse into a bright peacock. Less commonly, the provocateur is physiology: traumatic brain injury, mental personality disorder, disturbances in the functioning of the nervous system, etc.


It is quite difficult for a non-specialist to distinguish pathological deviations from character traits or temperament. In order to suspect mental abnormalities, close contact and psychological education are needed. Since in most cases people with personality disorders do not have close, trusting relationships, they rarely receive help from professionals. In the meantime, the sooner the cause of a person’s strange behavior is determined, the more help can be provided to him.

Here are the main symptoms of a personality disorder that may indicate pathological changes:

The patient dresses provocatively and behaves deliberately sexually. Sometimes this can interfere not only with love relationships, but also with friendships, since a person can address deliberate sexuality to everyone indiscriminately. People with histrionic disorder tend to spend an excessive amount of time focusing on their appearance.

Sometimes they have a completely unrealistic and detached image of themselves, as a result of which, for example, they may constantly undergo plastic surgery or dress strangely, thus deliberately attracting attention to themselves. A person has a desire to be the main object of attention. Such people want there to be no other interesting personalities in the lives of other people besides them.

They know that if they get attention, they can get what they want. These people are easily influenced. When dealing with a personality disorder, this factor can become a significant problem. Any person who appears in the patient’s field of attention can have an impact on him, and it is not always positive. They feel discomfort when there is insufficient attention. They exhibit impulsiveness, commit spontaneous actions that cannot always be logically justified, exhibit emotional instability, and throw tantrums for no reason. The behavior of such a person is often unnatural, his voice is loud, and his movements are abrupt. There is causeless aggression. Aggression in psychology is something that contradicts generally accepted norms.

Personality disorders can vary in severity, so the intensity of symptoms can also vary.



  • Men

A male hysteroid often plays the role of gigolo. His appearance is somewhat effeminate, as it contains bright colors, rhinestones, ribbons, and feathers. His wife has a very difficult time with him, since he wants to please all women at once, and he doesn’t give his only one flowers even on March 8th. They are big dreamers, they love to show off and pose even at home. They constantly need an audience. They have thousands of followers on social networks. Therefore, they often either never get married, or their passport eventually runs out of space for marriage stamps.

  • Women

The hysteroid woman is a skilled, born coquette. Her main goal in life is a successful, profitable marriage. In marriage, she is a great manipulator who keeps her husband under his thumb. She’s not much of a housewife, but before guests arrive she knows how to give the house an external shine in order to show off. She doesn’t always want and have children, because, in her opinion, they prevent her from building a career and enjoying life. If they do exist, she tries to hire them a nanny or give them to their grandparents or husband to raise. Mom doesn’t care about their interests. But on Instagram she will from time to time publish Stories and selfies with her children to proudly show everyone her status as a Mother.


  • In early childhood

The hysterical personality type is clearly expressed from early childhood. Such children are not embarrassed by a large number of adult strangers. They happily recite poems to the public, sing songs, demonstrate all their talents, and show off their outfits. Already at 3-4 years old, the main thing for them is the universal admiration and adoration of others. If for some reason they feel a lack of attention, they will do everything to attract it to themselves. In this case, extreme methods may be used: breaking a plate, throwing a tantrum, clapping your hands, etc. In the family, they are idols that everyone worships. If some of his wishes and demands are not fulfilled, they throw hysterics (banging their heads against the walls, rolling on the floor, screaming heart-rendingly).

  • At school age

Such children love to go to school to be the center of attention. They love being prefects. They often achieve excellent success in their studies, only to be paid attention to, applauded, and idolized. For the same purpose, they participate in various school extracurricular productions. If they have any creative talent (they have good vocal or artistic abilities), they become local stars.

Relationships with peers do not work out, since hysterics demand unquestioning obedience. They usually have 2-3 people who follow them, carry their backpack, do their homework for them, since they have convinced them of their exclusivity.

  • In teenagers

Among the manifestations of hysteria in adolescence, suicidality comes first. Moreover, most often we are talking about frivolous attempts - so-called pseudosuicides. For example, they do not cut veins, but make shallow incisions in the wrist. Or they drink not a handful of pills, but 2-3, but at the same time they defiantly leave the empty blister on the table and pretend to faint.

  • In adults

In adults, everything proceeds according to the same scenario described above (see general information).

  • In old age

Hysteroids experience a genuine fear of old age, as they are afraid of losing their freshness and beauty. Therefore, they fight it to the last: they dress more youthfully, resort to plastic surgery, and take care of themselves. And they continue to shock the public: they take young people as husbands (wives), become parents in old age, etc.

Advantages and disadvantages

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A hysterical psychopath has strong and weak character traits. He can achieve serious success in life, but at the same time have a number of problems.

Personality advantages:

  • positive perception of life;
  • activity;
  • creativity;
  • workaholism;
  • courage.

At the same time, hysteria can be characterized negatively:

  • there is no criticality;
  • egocentrism;
  • fussiness;
  • no diligence;
  • importunity.

The main positive quality of such a person is the ability to attract other people.

Features of communication

The hysterical personality type builds its communication with the outside world as follows:

  • needs a large and admiring public;
  • communicates only with those who idolize him;
  • makes friends either with famous people in order to move closer to fame at their expense, or with those who are nothing in order to look more advantageous against their background;
  • doesn't care about anyone;
  • manipulates others;
  • promises a lot, but delivers little;
  • does not know how to make friends, because he cannot be relied on;
  • incapable of deep feelings;
  • loves gifts;
  • For him, social life, spotlights and his own “ego” the size of an elephant always come first.

The advantages of communicating with a person with a hysterical personality type:

  • knows how to speak well and captivates with his oratory;
  • makes the partner experience 10 emotions per day with him;
  • captivates with its artistry;
  • always ready for adventure and something new.

Recommended professions:

  • actor;
  • singer;
  • model;
  • Show Business;
  • politician;
  • speaker;
  • salesman.

Tips on how to communicate with a hysteroid:

  • accept him as he is and not try to change him;
  • not to believe in his stories, but also not to interrupt them rudely: listen and forget;
  • do not follow his lead, do not allow yourself to be manipulated or drawn into intrigue;
  • do not criticize too clearly, carefully pointing out shortcomings;
  • do not let them “go into illness”;
  • gradually accustom to responsibilities;
  • Say nice things every day, but don’t over-praise.

Adjusting (establishing contact) with a hysteroid is easy. All it takes is sincere praise and he's yours.

How to behave with such a person?

Despite the eccentricity of these people and their too high demands, you can still try to find a common language with the “hysteroid” so that if the relationship breaks down, he does not harbor a grudge.

If the “hysterical” person is really interesting and you are committed to long-term friendships, then it is recommended to give him what he wants: praise, give compliments, admire him, show patience with eccentric behavior.

If it is necessary to interact with a “hysteroid” on work issues, it is better not to assign tasks to him that require concentration on details and perseverance. It is recommended to provide him with a presentation of the project - he will cope with this with a bang.

If you are not interested in close communication with a “hysteroid”, but still have the need for rare meetings, for example, at work, then do not try to get close to him, reduce communication to a dry exchange of information.

Test for hysterical personality type

Please tick the statements that apply to you:

Interpretation of results:

  • 13-15 points - a pronounced hysterical personality type;
  • 9-11 - close, there are some similar features, borderline accentuation of character;
  • 6-8 - everything is normal;
  • 0-5 - you are a balanced person with a strong nervous system.

If the number of points goes off scale, it’s time to take charge of yourself.

What is "repression"?

Repression is a mechanism that avoids internal or external conflict. The subconscious mind does not want to accept situations that provoke anxiety or pose a threat. This psychological remedy has minimal effect, because a person still feels discomfort, even if he replaces the traumatic factors with more pleasant memories.

A person who has such a “talent” easily ignores and forgets the reasons that may upset her. Instead of solving the problem, she puts it on a “shelf” in her head and “closes it with a curtain.” The reason becomes invisible, but still affects a person’s life and dreams, remaining in the subconscious. In a state of hypnosis, a veiled situation can be described in detail.

Repression is characteristic of an immature and infantile personality.


Psychologists give recommendations on how to work on yourself:

  1. Learn to express yourself simply and concisely. Constantly monitor your voice: do not raise it, speak monotonously and calmly.
  2. Do a good deed and don't tell anyone about it.
  3. At your next party, sit back from everyone and try to be noticed by as few people as possible.
  4. Before you promise anything to someone, think: can you keep your word? If not, don’t reassure the person in vain.
  5. Learn to accept criticism.
  6. Go volunteer. At least for a while. You definitely need to learn to empathize with others.
  7. Develop self-control. Learn to manage your emotions.
  8. Dress more modestly.
  9. Try to build a long and strong relationship with the person who is truly dear to you.

If independent attempts do not produce results, it is better to turn to specialists. Psychologists and psychotherapists have their own ways of working with this personality type.

Hysterical self:

The main perception of oneself in hysteria is the feeling of being a small, fearful and defective child in a world dominated by strong others. They can act as controlling and manipulative. People with this personality type want acceptance and security. Their attempts to control and surpass others are aimed at finding an island of safety, in the midst of a frightening world, and making them stable, in the midst of a frightening world, by mastering the situation they provoke. For example, with the help of flattery, a woman achieves a man’s favor. After she notices signals from a man that he has responded to her messages, she feels excited and appreciated. However, there is also a fear that sexual intimacy will be demanded from her. There is also a feeling of guilt from forbidden excitement and imposed sexual interest in her. Such a woman behaves this way with men who have authority.

Famous hysteroids

As you already understood from the description of this personality type, many of the public figures are its prominent representatives. Here are just a few of them:

  • pop singer Philip Kirkorov;
  • stylist and showman Sergei Zverev;
  • politician Vladimir Zhirinovsky;
  • American singer Lady Gaga;
  • actor Nikita Dzhigurda;
  • politician and presenter Ksenia Sobchak;
  • as well as Tigger from the American “Winnie the Pooh” and Carlson.

Hysteroids are, without a doubt, bright and unusual people. They need to learn to find a middle ground in communicating with others and not go too far with their outrageousness. Only in this case can they hope for sincere universal love that will make them happy.

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Self help

Self-help for a disorder does not bring any results. There are also no anonymous groups that support people with similar problems. Even if you find such a community, it is unlikely that such sessions will be sufficiently effective due to the nature of the disease. Because people with histrionic personality disorder are overly dramatic, everyone in group meetings will try to draw attention to themselves, without paying attention to others. Therefore, the most optimal form of treatment is personal consultation with a psychotherapist. Experts also recommend refusing family consultations, since in this case communication will not be constructive.

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