Entries by Alan Godwin

November 12, 2021

Dear Drama Observers, I recently wrote an article that was published in Current which is “an online journal of commentary and opinion that provides daily reflection on contemporary culture, politics, and ideas.” It’s called “Listening in Loud Times.” You can read it here:  

October 29, 2021

Dear Drama Observers, I was talking to someone recently about the mind-bending experience of being in a relationship with someone who is personality disordered or what I often refer to in this letter as a drama person. When I traveled and presented live seminars to mental health professionals (back when we did such things), I […]

September 17, 2021

Dear Drama Observers, The writing project in which I’m currently involved will address the subject of collective deception. Just as individual manipulators can pull the wool over the eyes of unsuspecting targets, groups of people are sometimes swept up in systems of altered reality. I set the book up this way: We’ve all been fooled […]

August 13, 2021

Dear Drama Observers, Happy Friday the 13th. Here’s something I reposted last year that I originally posted three years before that. I made reference to the fact that it was more relevant than the first time I wrote it and, alas, it seems more relevant now than the first two times. I really am going […]

July 16, 2021

Dear Drama Observers, The book writing project to which I’m currently devoting myself has to do the subject of collective deception. Here’s a brief excerpt: It should be noted that collective deception is a two-act drama. Act One is where people are manipulated into believing a false narrative. Sometimes, the manipulators are individual actors who […]

July 2, 2021

Dear Drama Observers, It’s become part of our family tradition to watch the old movie, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, every Fourth of July. It’s a patriotic movie but doesn’t portray a sanitized image of America where all of its vices have been scrubbed clean. Indeed, vice is central to the story it tells. It’s […]

June 18, 2021

Dear Drama Observers, I know I keep “cheating” by posting retreads but I’m very ensconced in a writing project that’s occupying most of my limited brain space. Do they have brain space upgrades? I should probably call the help desk about that. Here’s something I posted in March of 2018. *** I was asked recently […]

June 4, 2021

Dear Drama Observers, If you’ve ever referred to someone as a drama queen or drama king, you likely weren’t having warm, toasty feelings when you uttered the reference. Here’s something I posted a while back about the effects of getting caught up in someone’s drama. *** I worked for years in a high-rise office building. […]

May 21, 2021

Dear Drama Observers, Just over a year ago, I posted something that I decided to repost today. The man highlighted in this piece was one of our country’s greatest whose influence was felt, not only here, but around the world *** One of my great joys is to walk the greenway trail where I live […]

May 7, 2021

Dear Drama Observers, Here’s another oldie but goodie. Or… maybe it’s just an oldie. *** Drama people are nothing if not perplexing. Lundy Bancroft once wrote a book entitled Why Does He Do That? in which he attempts to explain the psyches of abusive men. Indeed, most of us are bewildered by drama people. They […]