Tuesday, April 21, 2015

A to Z Blogging "Q is for..."

"...The Queen (or King!) of Drama"
From the series "Words Matter"
By Shelly Burke, RN, Author, and Publisher, Nebraska Family Times

(Author's note to my friends: God has blessed me with wonderful friends! I don't have any drama queens or kings in my life, so if you are reading this, it's not written *to* you. We all come in contact with drama queens or kings at some point in our lives (and speaking for myself I can BE a drama queen once in a while...) and I want to share some ways of interacting with them calmly and hopefully helping them with the drama.) 

We ALL have Drama Queen and King moments in our lives, or at least I know I do! These suggestions are for the person for whom every out-of-the-ordinary (and sometimes even the ordinary) occurrence is a crisis. A minor health complaint requires visits to multiple doctors and perhaps specialists. Unhappiness in a job or a perceived snub by someone necessitates lamenting about it all day and multiple vague Facebook updates or tweets. Even world events and national or global issues (the weather, homelessness) can cause this person distress well out of proportion with reality. Nothing can be ‘let go‘; everything is  personal in some way and must be discussed in great detail, often complete with tears. Any and every suggestion you, or anyone else gives, *will not work* to solve or even decrease the drama in the Drama Queen or King's life. 

It helps somewhat to understand what the motivation of a Drama Queen or King might be. Sometimes a person is lonely or doesn't feel that he or she is getting the attention he or she "needs." Some people have had drama of one sort or another present in their life, all their life and it is, to them, a normal and necessary part of life. Drama Kings and Queens can be exhausting to keep up with! If this person is a good friend your goal might be to help the person see how overly-dramatic he or she is being, but in a way that does not hurt feelings or irreparably damage your relationship. If the person is a distant acquaintance you might have to distance yourself from the drama. Always remember to show kindness; you are a child of God and we should always strive to show His love. 

What to Say 

  • “Wow, that was quite a performance! Are you ready to talk about it calmly, now?”
  • "Let's pray about it, that you will feel God's leading you to a solution." 
  • “Since I don’t have millions of dollars to donate, and can’t go over personally to save them, I’m going to leave the plight of the horny toads in South Africa in God’s hands.” 
  • “I can tell this is all very upsetting to you . . . Let’s get together to talk about it when I have a few minutes to talk about it.” (Sometimes just talking about something relieves some of the
    stress that leads to drama king or queen performances.)
  • “What can we do about it?” (depending on the answer, encourage the person to take action or realize that he cannot do anything about this issue).
  • If someone has been unwilling to take any action about the situation, kindly say, "When you are ready to do something about this, let me know and I will do what I can to help." 
  • On a Facebook post: "You are in my thoughts and prayers." 

What Not to Say

  • “Tell me more!” (if you say it seriously).
  • “Don’t be ridiculous.” 
  • “What is wrong with you?”
  • “Why should I care?” (Be kind! The person may tell you, in great detail, why you should care!) 
  • On a Facebook post: "You are such a drama queen!" or anything sarcastic or mean. Be kind! 

What to Do

  • Pray for God’s guidance to deal with the situation in a way that shows His love. 
  • Explain your point of view about the issue, objectively. 
  • Point out the facts about the issue objectively. Perhaps the person will realize that it’s not the crisis he or she is making it out to be.
  • Try to redirect the conversation to an area that is less emotional, like work, family, or the weather.   
  • Distance yourself from the person if he/she is taking too much of your time and energy. This is not an easy thing to do, but may be the best solution. 
  • See the positive aspects of the person beyond his actions. 

Don’t . . . 

  • . . . react to the performance; calmly say, “We’ve already discussed that,” and then change the subject.
  • . . . get caught up in a discussion if the person is clearly
    unwilling to consider another point of view or try anything to diminish the drama. Sometimes a discussion will only prolong the drama or allow the person to argue his or her position further.
  • ...comment on a Facebook post at all if in the past the person has contradicted or reacted negatively to what you've tried to suggest. 
  • ...get into a long "conversation" on Facebook if the Drama King or Queen has been unwilling to accept any potential solutions in the past. 
Is there a Drama Queen or King in Your Life? How do you cope?


This post is an excerpt from “What Should I Say? The Right (and Wrong!) Words and Deeds for Life’s Sticky, Tricky Uncomfortable Situations”
by Shelly Burke, RN. Coming soon!
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