Dating drama games
The term “drama” can quickly become a substitute for calling the other person “crazy” or “irrational.” It doesn’t help that there are sociological, even biological, differences between how men and women handle conflict.
“Men grow up in a world in which a conversation is often a contest, either to achieve the upper hand or to prevent other people from pushing them around,” says Deborah Tannen, a linguistics expert at Georgetown University.
Often, the attention is drawn to issues of pleasure, companionship, and emotional and physical necessity.
But drama is one of those words whose meaning shifts depending on who’s using it.
The specter of “being dramatic” or “causing drama” is often used by people who want to minimize their partner’s legitimate concerns or who are uncomfortable with expressions of emotion.
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