In many families there is a Drama Queen....someone who is melodramatic, over-the-top, and 'all about me.' We have one in our family. Do you have one? If so how do you manage your relationship with this family member?
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I would respectfully argue that too many family members imagine themselves to be "superior" to others (and imagine what doctors, teachers, etc would do); when if they respected the other person and listened, they might reduce the frustrated behavior.
I do not refer to the important aspect of listening in a relationship. The very question indicates the Drama Queen makes trouble for its own sake. This isn't a matter of superiority but of getting rid of a behavior that is negative.
ibbarkingmad isn't saying this to be superior. This is about fixing a problem behavior. You don't let a child throw tantrums to get what they want. You gently teach them how to ask. This is the same thing but for older "children".
Exactly! This is about resolving a behavioral issue. They aren't lab animals. They just learned a bad habit & behavior modification is the means by which to fix that. Not all classifications of "drama llamas" are accurate, but a lot are.
Boundaries is important. Just don't let the boundaries be fuel for drama. Like you said, validate but don't feed the drama.
I agree. Don't sneer. That is negative, but encourage positive behavior by encouraging positive communication. Ignore the drama & offer incentives for communication rather than drama. Life is a lesson & we all can learn a little more.
Thanks for the support.
There are people who do what they do to get attention. Listening is great, but when they have found that a little drama get their way, sometimes the only way to resolve the issue is to let them know that behavior is not acceptable for communication.
Hi. Our DQ happens to be my 18 year old daughter. We can't avoid her. lol
You are right. They soon grow out of it as life catches up.