People love drama. It’s the spice of life, but it can be really difficult to understand what makes it so alluring.
There are quite a few reasons for this, some of them psychological and others just based on human nature. What does drama do? Why do we love it? And what about the people who don’t like it at all? Let’s explore these questions and provide answers!
People Love Drama Because It’s Exciting
Come on, admit it. You love drama, too. Whether you’re watching a TV show or reading a book, there’s something about the tension and suspense of an argument that gets your adrenaline pumping.
We’re pretty much trained by the media to sensationalize everything. News stories quickly get exaggerated into life-threatening events only to sizzle into oblivion by that same evening. Reality shows and talk shows also do this quite often, creating a story out of nothing so that they can keep their viewers tuned in until the next big thing happens.
Even fictional stories often have the main character go through a lot of drama so that they can be seen as “interesting” or even stay the same. Generally speaking, we think that the more intense a story is, the better it will be, and so drama gives us what we want.
People Love To Watch Others Experience Drama
We all love a good story, and we’re always waiting to see what happens next. Watching or reading about drama is a way to experience something exciting without actually being there. We feel like we’re living through an adventure even if things aren’t too intense in our own lives.
It’s like having an adrenaline rush without getting hurt! However, just because we don’t act on some of these feelings doesn’t mean we don’t have them. Sometimes, people just want to see what it would be like if they were in a similar situation instead of actually doing it.
Drama Can Be A Way To See Ourselves In Others
Some people just love drama for the sake of loving it. However, for many others, drama can be a way to see themselves in another person. It’s like saying “I’ve been there before”, and we’re able to relate and connect with other people through this feeling.
Seeing someone else go through something similar can be a way of letting us know that we’re not alone and that things can get better. However, this doesn’t mean that every time someone has a problem, we will immediately want to jump in and help them! Sometimes, we just enjoy the fact that someone else is experiencing something similar to what we’ve experienced (and would like to forget) ourselves.
People Mistake Drama For “Real Life”
Many people think that drama is real life, and their lives are boring without it. When you watch a TV show or read a book, there’s always something going on. However, this doesn’t mean that people are like that in real life. Just because things are more interesting on TV doesn’t mean that people have lots of drama all the time!
Your life doesn’t have to be filled with action 24/7 to be meaningful. People make drama seem more interesting than what it really is because they don’t know how to enjoy real life without all of the action.
People Love To Be In The Know
Drama provides a way for people to feel included and involved without actually having to do anything. They want all the gossip and want to know all that’s going on. It gives them something interesting to talk about, as well as a way of sharing experiences with people who might be going through the same thing.
However, gossip can be toxic and hurtful. Once a story gets twisted, it can be difficult to go back and fix the problem because people’s opinions have already been made! This can affect someone’s life, whether they’re the person everyone is talking about or just someone who happens to know one of them.
Why Drama Can Be Harmful
Drama can be harmful to some people for several reasons. Sometimes, they might get swept up in the moment and start participating without thinking first. This can end up getting them into a lot of trouble or exhausting themselves from doing too much.
Sometimes, it’s not the best idea to make a big deal out of something, especially if the situation is not that serious. While drama can be fun and exciting for some people, it can be exhausting and harmful for others. After a while, people get tired of hearing about crisis after crisis from an individual.
It’s important to know how it affects you before getting yourself involved in something that may not end up being worth it.
Does It Mean You’re Attention-Seeking?
Some people love drama because it means they’re the center of attention. Unfortunately, this can have negative consequences for them in other areas of their life. For example, this could mean they’re constantly asking for help even if they don’t actually need it.
When you have a hard time focusing on your own life and what you want, you may struggle to get where you need or want to be. This can affect your career or relationships in a negative way if you’re constantly looking to others to fix your problems.
There’s nothing wrong with wanting attention, but it should only be from people who are giving it to you in a healthy way.
Drama Can Be Healthy in Small Doses
Some drama can be good for people. For example, if they’re dealing with a problem that needs to be fixed or worked on, having lots of people around them who want to help can be a good thing. It’s also nice to have something interesting and exciting going on in your life every once in a while!
However, it’s important to know how much drama is too much. If you find yourself constantly getting wrapped up in other people’s problems, it might be a good idea to step back and focus on yourself for a while.
It’s important to find the right balance of drama in your life so that you can enjoy it, but also protect yourself from the negative effects of too much.
Remember Your Sense of Self
I, myself, struggle with my love of being dramatic. Often, it stems from a place of low self-esteem and self-worth. In my book, Life After Low Self-Esteem, I cover ways to overcome negative self-talk and practice gratitude. Check it out and let me know what you think.