Thinking about “drama”

I’m not thinking about the sort of drama you see in plays, movies, or on television. Rather, “a situation or sequence of events that is highly emotional, tragic, or turbulent.” from Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged © HarperCollins Publishers 2003.   This is the sort of drama you may see/hear “performed” by a relative, coworker, friend, average person in public,  . . . or maybe yourself.   It is when a situation, idea, event,  or whatever is made out to be a big deal, and every detail is discussed ad nauseam.  Opinions are pronounced and/or sought.   The event may indeed be tragic, but it is not the event itself that makes it drama, rather the way in which it is discussed. 

Cluster B personality disorders (Antisocial, Borderline, Narcissistic, Histrionic) tend to thrive on drama; it is a defining characteristic of the last three.  Sometimes people with low self-esteem also engage in drama — it makes them feel more important.  They may borrow the drama of other people. 

You may have noticed drama occurs more in some cultures than others.   It seems drama occurs more in cultures that are community or consensus oriented.  There are some consensus cultures where drama is not an obvious feature (such as Japanese culture), so this is not a blanket statement.   But in some community/consensus cultures, am wondering if drama is a way of reaching that consensus and making sure one fits in with the community?  Where every detail is examined, and opinions are requested and shared. 

What do you think?


About judithornot

Lives in semi-rural Northern California, happily married, retired counselor, night person, knits, plays WoW.
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