With the Jerry Sandusky trial under way, the term histrionic personality disorder, or HPD, has been brought up a lot in court. With the defense saying that Jerry is a prime example of this disorder and the prosecution saying he's nothing like someone with HPD, it can get confusing to try and understand what it is and what the two sides mean.
HPD is defined as "a pervasive pattern of excessive emotionality and attention seeking." The defense believes that the "romantic" letters he was sending to some of his alledged victims and the need to be adored by all of these kids is symptomatic with having HPD. The prosecution disagrees saying that these letters are more someone who has a sexual disorder and because he was already a coach at Penn State, he was already looked up to and therefore not someone with HPD.
Both sides consulted with people in psychology careers and had those professionals take the stand to give their side credibility.
What do you think?