Have you ever noticed the correlation between being unhappy and how much we participate in gossip? Do you know people who thrive in creating drama and conflict? Are they happy people in general? Or is there something under the surface that they can’t bear to face?
It feels good to ‘prove’ another human is inferior. Instead of dealing with our own inner ugliness we create an ugly picture of others.
How Should We Respond to Other People’s Drama?
The key is to “respond” as opposed to “react”.
Applying the same technique in day to day life and in your relationships is very effective. How someone is conducting themselves has absolutely nothing to do with you. When you recognize that, you’re able to drop the need to be defensive and simply be an observer. It’s helpful at times to imagine yourself holding up a mirror to this person. It’s a reflection of themselves.