Implications for the Workplace
Although many people with histrionic personality disorder excel socially and at work, it is also common for people with this disorder to create problems for their colleagues and for the organization for which they work.
The exaggerated emotions displayed by the someone with this disorder, as well as other traits, can bother other employees, and contribute to workplace discord.
People suffering from histrionic personality disorder are uncomfortable when not in the center of attention. They usually have low tolerance for frustration or delayed gratification, and are extremely sensitive to criticism or disapproval. This makes them poor team players and it can be difficult for co-workers to strike a rapport with them, or even have a healthy working relationship with them. The biggest problem comes in teamwork that requires close co-ordination.
The problem becomes accentuated if the affected person is the boss, a leader, or someone involved in the decision making process. People with histrionic personality disorder usually get bored of routine, begin projects without finishing them or skip from one event to another. Their speech remains impressionistic, but lacks detail. They tend to make rash decisions, not thinking before acting. Their desire for novelty and excitement cause themselves to make risky decisions. They typically have poor people skills, are unable to show empathy or concern towards others, and are self-centered. Such traits make it difficult for most people to work under such bosses.
A major issue of co-workers with histrionic personality disorders is their inappropriate sexually seductive or provocative behavior. They believe relations to be more intimate that they actually are, but at the same time also find it difficult to maintain relationships, faltering when the need for depth and durability to maintain the relationship comes.
All these traits can have far-reaching ramifications in the workplace, and can cause serious controversy, professional rivalry or jealousy, serious conflicts or outright violence.