Problem solving vs. Drama: Simply defined, Problem Solving is the act of doing something different until you find something that works and thus continuing to take that approach until it stops working. Once what is working for you stops working, you thus start the search for something different that works all over again.
Drama can best be looked at via the Karpman Drama Triangle, which defines the cycle of drama consisting of a Victim, Persecutor, Rescuer, and Bystander. Once you step into this sequence at either point of the cycle, you will find yourself being thrown back and forth -- like in a washing machine -- from one position to the next. This is the realm where people without an observing ego or effective coping skills reside. These folks are often known as having Axis II traits. This is also the formula that Jerry Springer used to launch Reality TV in its present form. While entertaining to watch on television, it is a miserable place to be in the real world and leads to much personal harm and misery.
Cognitive Behavioral and Solution Focused Therapy
Specific number of sessions
Quicker change is sought
Present experience is important (not past)
Problem is the focus; problem resolution
Focus on the client's strengths
Change can occur after therapy is finished
"The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance." - Alan Watts