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Need For Drama Scale

Does drama follow you around, or could you be the one attracting it? Take this test to find out if you have a 'need for drama.'

Mark Travers, Ph.D.

By Mark Travers, Ph.D. | March 12, 2024

Certain individuals possess a remarkable knack for thriving amidst drama, often exhibiting tendencies towards interpersonal manipulation, impulsive outspokenness and persistent perceived victimhood. These individuals seem to gravitate towards conflict and chaos, perpetuating interpersonal tensions and upheaval in their social circles.

Understanding the behavioral patterns and motivations underlying the propensity for drama is crucial for recognizing the impact it has on mental health and relationships. These behaviors can have significant consequences on individuals' well-being, relationships and overall quality of life. By recognizing and addressing these behaviors early on, interventions can be implemented to mitigate their negative impact and promote healthier patterns of interaction.

The Need for Drama Scale serves to assess and quantify individuals' propensity for drama-seeking behaviors. Developed by psychological researchers, this scale comprises a series of statements designed to gauge the extent to which individuals exhibit the traits associated with the need for drama: impulsivity, manipulativeness and perceived victimhood.

You can take this test here. Please follow all of the steps to receive your results.

Step 1: Rate the following statements based on how much you agree with them on a scale of strongly disagree to strongly agree.

Step 2: Enter your age, gender, region, and first name so we can provide you with a detailed report that compares your test scores to people similar to you.

Step 3: Check to make sure you've provided answers to all of the statements/questions above. Once you've done that, click the button below to send your responses to Awake Therapy's Lead Psychologist, Mark Travers, Ph.D. He will provide you with an overview of how you scored relative to others (all answers are anonymized and confidential to protect users' privacy). He can also answer any follow-up questions you may have.

References: Frankowski, S., Lupo, A. K., Smith, B. A., Dane’El, M., Ramos, C., & Morera, O. F. (2015). Developing and testing a scale to measure Need For Drama. Personality and Individual Differences, 89(2016). 192-201. doi:10.1016/j.paid.2015.10.009

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