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I see "drama" as any unnecessary theatrics used to manipulate emotions negatively. That's how I've been meaning it.
Originally Posted by zylya
I disagree that ANYTHING negative is drama. Drama exists in HOW the negativity is communicated, not THAT the negativity exists. Some degree of negativity will always exist between people over time, that's simply human nature. "Drama" comes into play in how its handled.
Example: Say I have a behavior that reminds a girl of something her big brother did to her as a kid that she hates. If she says "hey, let's talk for a second. I don't like the way you do this, because it reminds me of XYZ which brings back bad vibes," then there's NO DRAMA. She pointed out negativity in my direction, but NO DRAMA was involved, it was a reasonable rational request.
If however she flips out, raises her voice, and puts on an "angry performance," THEN she's drama.
Big difference! Any and all negativity does not equal drama. Drama to me is a "performance-style approach to conflict."
Likewise, a person can be negative all the time but not dramatic. Even keel, rational, negative people who see the dark side of everything but don't put on an emotional or emotionally manipulative performance. I'd screen these people out too. . . not for being dramatic, but for being negative all the time. These aren't one in the same at all to me.