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.
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