When the behavior and traits that make up an individual’s personality become disordered, social and occupational functioning can be impaired. DSM-III-R calls these impairments personality disorders and lists 12 of them. Antisocial Personality Disorder is one of the possible diagnoses for an individual over the age of 18 who has a history of physical cruelty to people and animals, among other antisocial symptoms. A histrionic personality is marked by excessive attention seeking beginning by early adulthood and displays such traits as constantly seeking praise, over concern with physical attractiveness and a need for immediate gratification of desires.

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