Am I An "Infantile" Or "Hysterical" Personality?

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Probably both.

I just read this analytical description in a book and it hit home a bit:


"The infantile or hysterical personalities thrive on attention and unconditional approval and are hypersensitive to rejection.

"Their frantic pursuit of affection and applause often causes others to escape from their clutches.

"Then they fall into a deep depression in which they overeat, oversleep, and retreat from life.

"To avoid this depression, they arrange their lives to ensure a constant supply of loving approval and attention."


It's from Denis Brian's book Tallulah, Darling about the frisky and brilliant actress Tallulah Bankhead, who both attracted and repelled people at the same time.

Tallu's constant pursuit of validation led her to do sometimes questionable things while rejecting bullshit in hopes of warts-and-all approbation.

I'm not saying I'm in her caliber, talent-wise, but I could easily see doing stuff like peeing with the door open while carrying on a conversation of Eleanor Roosevelt.


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9 comments
F. Packer
F. Packer

Michael, you are as psychologically healthy as a horse.

Monsieurpatric
Monsieurpatric

Fun how we just had dinner conversation as to Ms. Bankhead's very own Titanic performance in contrast to that of Ms. Winslet's and all that were aware of the former's performance concurred...Tallu's the one.  And why?   Perhaps as she was not too channelled, not upholstered, had great teeth, gorgeous real hair and stylish manners at least for show on or off the boards.  In her era drugs were generally legal.  The culture of the New York stage, gay welcoming and nurturing, indulged its iconoclasts.  Maybe the w.c. door at Mrs. Roosevelt's was troubled.  It is a lesson and quite entertaing viewing what films we have of hers from the early pre-code 30's.

Southern Dave
Southern Dave

The symptoms sound more like the people you write about.

Musto
Musto

Someone just tweeted me:  You know your shit but ur too childish gossip sometimes"

RC61Austin
RC61Austin

I don't think you're "infantile" or "hysterical".   As long as you don't step over people to get your way, then you're "A O.K."  Everyone desires love and validation, to different degrees...especially single guys like us.  Let's just say you're "marvelous".  : )

Senorwhimsy
Senorwhimsy

I don't think you are either of those things. I don't think you retreat into depression and oversleep and overeat. So don't worry--you're just an everyday, semi-normal neurotic.

Tybalt
Tybalt

LOL. But since you know it, that makes you less of a basket case than the Tallulahs who have no sense of perspective about their behavior at all.

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