Individuals with histrionic personality disorder features categorize disliked persons as negative following intimacy induction: A state trait interaction analysis

Ofer Rahamim, Nachshon Meiran, Shelly Ostro, Golan Shahar

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Abstract

Espousing a Cognitive-Affective Processing System (CAPS, Mischel & Shoda, 1995) perspective, the authors examined a state-trait interaction pertaining to automatic categorization in individuals with histrionic personality disorder (HPD) features. An experience of intimacy was induced via event recall, and automatic processing of dislike information was evaluated by a tailored task switching paradigm. In Experiment 1, participants switched between classifying names of acquaintances according to Gender and classifying adjectives according to Valence. In Experiment 2, participants reacted to names of acquaintances and switched between Gender and Valence rules. HPD levels were evaluated by the Personality Disorder Questionnaire-4 and Axis I symptoms were controlled for using the brief symptoms inventory. In both Experiments, the results showed an increased automatic processing of task-irrelevant, dislike and hate information with increasing HPD score only in the intimacy induction group but not in the control group. However, only in Experiment 2, which was designed to induce higher automaticity, was the difference between the two groups significant. Findings are consistent with an activation of a maladaptive, intimacy-related, schema underlying HPD.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)788-793
Number of pages6
JournalPersonality and Individual Differences
Volume52
Issue number7
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 May 2012

Keywords

  • CAPS
  • Histrionic
  • Implicit attitude measures
  • Personality disorders
  • Reaction time
  • Task switching

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