How to Deal with the Drama Queens in Your Life

Because some people just seem to attract conflict and problems. 

Do you know someone who seems to relish tense situations? Or worse—who seems to actually go out of his or her way to cause conflict? On this week's episode of "I Want to Like You," Real Simple editor Kristin van Ogtrop, is joined by Pavel Blagov, PhD, associate professor of psychology at Whitman College and Dr. Jan Yager, friendship coach, sociologist and author of When Friendship Hurts, to help you learn how to deal with fussy people and keep your life drama-free.

Blagov, who studies histrionic personality disorder (a mental health disorder characterized by exaggerated emotions and attention-seeking behavior), explains what red flags to look out for and recommends treatment options for those with this diagnosis. Yager, who has studied friendships for years, offers advice for dealing with the drama queens you encounter in both your professional and personal life. For example: What do you do when a friend pressures you to join in and share in her drama? For the answer to that, and more, listen to the full episode below—and be sure to subscribe to the show on iTunes.