For about a year and a half, I've tried to introduce my girlfriend to Dramatica; she usually glances at the software intimidated and I end up giving up. Last weekend, something changed.
She's had very difficult time with her family relating to her coming graduation. She told me how lost she felt with having to choose between graduating and dropping out; during her time in university, she's come to realize the extent of her family's influence on her decisions, specifically her toxic codependent mom's efforts to keep her stuck.
I pulled out my laptop with Dramatica Pro and told her about a "story idea" of mine:
"So, this girl is stuck in a dead-end town in a dead-end job in a family of manipulators, unsure about her coming graduation and the future awaiting her; specifically she struggles with having to choose between dropping out and finishing her thesis and graduating. But since the choice of her university and major was forced upon her, she struggles to balance having to make a decision and delaying her decision as long as possible. Logically, dropping out makes no sense -- she's done 90% of the work, now, just having to write her thesis --, but she absolutely doesn't feel like writing something that's always been externally motivated. The temptation of dropping out is strong, but since her parents paid big money for her studies, conscience kicks in."
This time, her eyes were glued at the laptop.
Next, I told her: "Overall, the story deals with different manners of thinking and efforts to manipulate others in this family of codependents, specifically relating to the girl's graduation and becoming a bachelor of science. Everyone has an opinion on what's she'll become, the dad being proud of her for finding a job in manufacturing, no matter how dead-end and unfulfilling to a person of creativity and intuition; the mom would love to see her daughter become a teacher like herself and stay in her birth town and university, just like herself, no matter how dead-end and unfulfilling to a person who likes other cultures and broadening her horizons. The dad thinks that's how it was for himself when he was young; just have to climb the company ladder and suck it up. The mom thinks her daughter isn't up to the challenge of the world out there -- she herself wasn't, and according to her, the daughter is almost a carbon copy of her. Both keep bringing up examples of how they've helped her out financially, compounding her sense of obligation."
I read the definitions of Responsibility and Obligation and asked her if it sounded familiar. She told me it was spot on. Then, she told me: "You know, you should tell on that Dramatica forum this is a good way to introduce people to Dramatica." No doubt I was exctatic