Entries by Alan Godwin

The Drama Review (August 11, 2017)

Dear I-hope-I’m-not-a-narcissist readers, I spent some time last week spelling out what makes a narcissist a narcissist.  Not how he or she got that way (stay tuned for that discussion at another time) but what distinguishes a narcissist from your run-of-the-mill, everyday jack wad. All narcissists are jack wads but not all jack wads are […]

The Drama Review (August 4, 2017)

Dear nearly-saturated drama-watchers, When this letter first came out back in March, I stated my intentions for it to be weekly. And then I missed a week. So, I started referring to it as my “weekly” letter, leaving myself some wiggle room to miss the mark on occasion. But since then, I’ve not missed a […]

The Drama Review (July 28, 2017)

Dear news, I mean, drama watchers, I said a few weeks ago that dramas are fun to watch but aren’t fun if you’re in them. Someone who had nothing better to do could be entertained 24 hours a day just watching the news lately. Tune in to any cable news channel and you’re likely to […]

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 […]