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What Is Relationship Drama?

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Definition:

With regards to a relationship, drama refers to the emotional upheaval or turbulence felt in a relationship on an episodic level that has no resolution.

Some counselors feel that relationship drama is usually associated with shame-based behaviors, such as contempt, denial, distancing, control and/or rage that prevent either party involved from really dealing with a specific relationship issue. Other mental health professionals mention relationship drama and the roles of "victim" and "persecutor" (see: Drama, by Michael Samsel MA, LMHC).

Mentions of Relationship Drama in Popular Culture

Also Known As: dating drama, drama, dramatic, drama queen, drama king
Examples:

"What's going on with you two? You're fighting a lot."

"Yeah, we've got some massive relationship drama lately."

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