Entries by Alan Godwin

The Drama Review (July 21, 2017)

I’d like to punch pause for a week on our discussion of drama person types—we looked at controllers last time—and address a quality that drama people lack. Integrity. No doubt, the word has been defined in many ways but here’s my best shot: Integrity is consistency between the public and private selves. In other words, who you […]

The Drama Review (July 14, 2017)

Dear drama-watchers, Have you ever noticed this? TV shows, books, or movies without disordered people are just boring.  What gives a story texture and makes it enthralling is the presence of villains, jerks, and figures you love to hate. Or what we’re calling drama people. I’ll give you one example.  Remember The Andy Griffith Show? I […]

The Drama Review (July 7, 2017)

Dear post-Independence Day readers, I hope this letter finds you well, still possessing all your fingers after an explosive Fourth.  It never ceases to amaze me that I grew up in one piece, having never lost a body part due to my reckless handling of cherry bombs and M-80’s. Years ago, we lived in Gainesville, […]

The Drama Review (June 30, 2017)

Dear what-were-you-thinking drama participants, When I was half way through graduate school, I had to pick a research topic for my dissertation. I remember this sage-like graduate putting his hands on my shoulders, looking me in the eye, and saying, “Word to the wise, don’t pick a topic you like.  Because when you’re through with […]

The Drama Review (June 23, 2017)

Dear I’ll-believe-it-when-I-see-it drama participants, I travel around the country conducting a seminar on manipulators, that fetching group we refer to in this weekly letter as “drama people.” I tell my audiences the same things I’ve explained here—that we’re all flawed, that our flaws show up most clearly in close relationships, and that drama people lack […]

The Drama Review (June 16, 2017)

Dear I-could-stand-a-little-less-drama readers, It seems to be one of those axioms of life that whichever line you choose at the bank drive-through will take the longest. And the bigger your hurry, the longer the wait. Why it works that way I don’t know, but I’m pretty sure the axiom operates at the same level of […]

The Drama Review (June 9, 2017)

Dear drama participants, I once heard someone say that if you want to develop patience, spend lots of time at the Department of Motor Vehicles. I would simply add—or airports. For me, traveling provides opportunities for developing various character traits.  An airport—any airport—is like a petri dish in which I’m forced to grow qualities like […]

The Drama Review (June 2, 2017)

Dear those of you wishing you were in the small group that understands the meaning of “covfefe”, Like Pavlov’s dog salivating at the sound of a bell, hearing The Twilight Zone music still brings to mind warm childhood memories of Friday nights and hot chocolate. Chain-smoking Rod Serling would set up each episode and then […]

The Drama Review (May 26, 2017)

Dear exhausted drama participants, Earlier this week, a couple in my office was having conflict over the way they handle conflict.  “I hate arguing with you,” groused the husband, “because you always have to be right.” “It’s not that I HAVE to be right,” the wife shot back.  “It’s just that I always am.” This […]

The Drama Review (May 19, 2017)

Dear don’t-believe-your-lying-eyes drama participant,   When I was growing up, every boy I knew was fascinated with World War II.  My friends and I spent countless hours playing army in the woods close to my house.  We wore homemade uniforms, took turns being Allied or Axis soldiers, and made gunfire noises with our mouths.   […]