Existential Dynamics & Therapy of Histrionic Disorder

Online Course with Dr. Alfried Längle, MD, PhD, Dr. h.c.mult

Live Sessions October 20, 27, November 3, 24

12 Continuing Education Credits


Hysteria: Lost In The Jungle Of Diagnostics

Hysteria is widespread. It can infect whole societies, but also individual persons – children and adults – and can bring on exaggerated reactions or even physical illnesses. Although it may manifest itself somatically, it is actually dealing with an unbearable emotional pain that is so well hidden that it can hardly be detected from the outside. This is the reason why hysteria seems so ridiculous, and in turn only increases the suffering. People with hysteria are lost inwardly in their pain and are insufficiently seen by others.

Currently under the influence of DSM and ICD, hysteria as a disorder has disappeared. It was the most widely diagnosed neurosis up to the 1960s. This diagnosis has been lost in the jungle of diagnostics and has changed and morphed into four different diagnoses with limited, compact knowledge and understanding of a very human phenomenon.

This online course will elaborate on the origins of hysteria and will explain its emergence within normal human development. Different forms of hysteria will be introduced and treatment guidelines for dealing with hysterical behavior will be explored. Although there is a focus on the suffering and illness of hysteria, this disorder frequently leaves one feeling helpless and confused, and ultimately can offer clinicians interesting and exciting insights into the human psyche.

If we look phenomenologically at these personality disorders we find a constant structure which is dynamically centered around a typical mode of processing. The theme of the suffering and the lack of self-disclosure constitute the loss of identity, because person is not grounded in their own feelings. The hysteric structure derives from a strong sensation of pain due to a state of alienation and/or inability to face oneself. The pain not being processed and integrated produces an anesthesia, thus forming the central dynamics in the emergence of hysteric personality disorders.

The use of a consistent concept of hysteria is helpful in practice for psychotherapeutic work. It is helpful to know about the repressed pain which leads to a specific sensitiveness for narrowness, to the use of force and loneliness producing in turn defensive reactions of the distancing type, attained by exteriorization, numbness and avoidance of interiority (inner void). The psychodynamic development has an insufficient unfolding of personhood and existentiality. Through this online course, the symptoms of histrionic disorders become more understandable and accessible within the greater (existential) scope of being oneself and being in the world.


- October 20
- October 27
- November 3
- November 24
- All sessions are on Sundays at 9:00am PST/12:00pm EST/6:00pm GMT+2

Can’t make it live? No problem. All sessions will be recorded.

Who Is This For?

- Psychotherapists
- Mental health professionals
- World and life learners
- Those with an interest in exploring hysteria and histrionic disorder

*No prior experience or knowledge required!

Learning Objectives

- Plan and create a treatment plan of histrionic personality disorders through case examples
- Identify the specific symptomology of histrionic disorders
- Describe the psycho-pathological causes of histrionic disorders
- Identify the impact of existential life for prevention and as causes for the development of Hysteria
- Discuss the history of hysteria and its development
- Discuss the widespread phenomenon of hysteria and how the diagnosis has been lost in modern diagnostics
- Plan and discuss the clinical treatment of Hysteria utilizing existential and psychodynamic theory
- Differentiate the forms and levels of disturbance of Hysteria as a diagnosis



Dr. Alfried Längle, MD, PhD, Dr. h.c.mult

Dr. Alfried Längle, is professor of psychotherapy, born in 1951 in Austria, studied medicine and psychology and works in private practice in Vienna as psychotherapist. Close collaboration with Viktor Frankl from 1982 to 1991. Founder of the International Society for Logotherapy and Existential Analysis (Vienna) and its psychotherapeutic training program. Constant lecturer at Austrian Universities and since 2000 of Moscow, Mendoza, Santiago de Chile. Since 2004 faculty member and professor of applied psychology (psychotherapy) at Moscow’s HSE-university and guest professor at Vienna’s Sigmund Freud University (2011). Vice President of the International Federation of Psychotherapy (IFP – 2002-2010) and past President of the International Society for Logotherapy and Existential Analysis, Vienna. Over 300 publications, five honorary professorships.(www.laengle.info).

Mind Body Passport is approved by the California Psychological Association to provide continuing professional education for psychologists. Mind Body Passport maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

Mind Body Passport Inc. is also recognized as a CAMFT-approved Continuing Education Provider. Certificate awarded upon successful completion.

*Post-course test is required for continuing education credits.