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Self-help for HPD

Permanent Linkby coneyislandking on Mon Mar 10, 2014 2:53 pm

This is taken from the book Emotional Vampires. This is actually self-help for people who suspect they are "histrionic vampires" which is not the same as being personality disordered, necessarily. Vampires are to be considered people with HPD who are so functional that they don't necessarily qualify for diagnosis.

1, Let your thoughts be your guide-not your feelings. When I first went to the club, I wanted to dance but no one else was dancing. At first, the anxiety I felt had me sitting by myself and neutrally dancing in place. I remembered this tip and decided that anxiety was a feeling, and wanting to dance was a thought. So I got up and was the first person to dance and people followed my lead.

2. Do things for yourself and by yourself. This was the first tip I followed, by going to the club by myself. When I do things by myself, if they go well I feel really proud for going at it alone. If they don't go well, I can blame other people for not having my back... because I was alone. (;

3. Ask for what you want. I don't know if I've done this. It's hard.

4. Openly disagree with someone every day (politely). I have not done this. I haven't interacted with anyone but my boyfriend recently, because school is just now starting back up.

5. Banish the phrase "I don't know" from your vocabulary. I don't often use the "I don't know" card to cover up my repression. I use intellectualization to distract myself from conflicting thoughts and feelings, and that's going to be a really hard habit to break. I like this tip though. In "Hysterical personality style and histrionic personality disorder" by Mardi Horowitz, a case study notes in a child with a hysterical personality the frequent use of "I don't know" when asked contentious questions, even if they were only about her subjective experience of the world. I have found myself recently explaining things to my boyfriend with the phrase "that's life" when I don't want to talk about it anymore. I guess the same principle should apply.

There are some mornings when the sky looks like a road.
There are some dragons who were built to have and hold.
And some machines are dropped from great heights lovingly,
and some great bellies ache with many bumblebees,
and they sting so terribly.
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