A listener provides our question for this episode:
How do you deal with a drama queen when they are a close friend? How do you know it is someone being a drama queen and not you being sensitive? How do you determine which situations are valid and deserve to be addressed (and then HOW do you address it)? I don’t want to feed the drama, I want to dispose of it. As an introvert, my instinct is to ignore someone who is clearly fishing for attention, but extroverts need attention, so where is the balance? I find myself wavering between showing support, which means I miss out on pointing out how she’s overdoing it, and shutting it down, which comes across as judgmental and uncaring.
There’s lots to dive into here. I share thoughts about acknowledging, rescuing, detaching, and last resorts.
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Resources for Further Learning
Let’s Just Kiss and Say Goodbye
Three Little Words That Will Change Your Life Forever
How do you deal with a drama queen? | Psychology Today
How to deal with a drama queen | Dr. Judith Orloff