Published on July 2nd, 2018 | by Jerry & Pat Hocek0
For the Love of Drama
Did you ever think that perhaps we’re born into this world for the love of our own drama? In a recent phone conversation with Christopher, from White Wizard Astrology, (See page 41), I was reminded that we function as serious method actors when we incarnate here to play our chosen roles on the grand stage of life. If we’re not careful and go unchecked for a while, we can be engulfed in our own drama, whatever it may be.
Engaging in drama is self-abuse, because it’s essentially an addiction. Neuroscientist Billi Gordon, Ph.D. believes, “The obvious answer is drama gets attention. However, it is more than that. Drama causes the pituitary gland and hypothalamus to secrete endorphins, which are the pain-suppressing and pleasure-inducing compounds that heroin and other opiates mimic. Hence, drama eases the anxiety of wanting more attention than you are getting. Naturally, since drama uses the same mechanisms in the brain as opiates, people can easily become addicted to drama. Like any addiction, you build up a tolerance that continuously requires more to get the same neurochemical affect. In the case of drama, this means you need more and more crises to get the same thrill.”
Water tends to seek it’s own level, so if you’re wondering if you are perhaps suffering from drama addiction, simply look at the prominent people in your life; those that typically orbit you on a regular basis. We humans tend to mirror certain aspects of each other’s personalities. Drama addicts will typically attract other drama addicts, as well as “audience members”, because without an audience, there can be no show—remember that the next time drama erupts from a friend or family member.
Another friend once told me a tale about his divorce. He and the wife opted for counseling before pulling the plug. My friend was usually alone in those sessions because the wife didn’t like the topics being raised. The counselor told him that he was not required to participate in his wife’s drama. What a brilliant solution to employ when there appear to be no other viable options. We can simply opt out, unless of course, we routinely like a good conflict to kick up the endorphins!