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Someone is in a panic and dramatically being sensitive, confrontational, maybe a bit attention seeking.

What would one say to very concisely explain to them, to settle them, how it is they're behaving? Something far less demeaning and unhelpful than dramatic!

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    "That doesn't sound like the CL22 I know..."? – Edwin Ashworth Jul 21 '19 at 10:17
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    I like it. And similarly, for a stranger, "I'm sure you don't normally behave like this, Lord Ashworth" – CL22 Jul 21 '19 at 10:29
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    No, I try to remain a gentleman. – Edwin Ashworth Jul 21 '19 at 10:37
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    @CL22, I know you can do this. – k1eran Jul 21 '19 at 11:34
  • I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because it belongs on workplace,se. – Xanne Jul 23 '19 at 8:15
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I'd use - overreacting

o·ver·re·act

/ˌōvə(r)rēˈakt/

verb: gerund or present participle: overreacting

respond more emotionally or forcibly than is justified.

"they are urging people not to overreact to the problem"

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  • It might not be a reaction but just something spontaneous, and describing the behavior is not justified is good because it doesn't place as much blame (for better or worse). Thanks – CL22 Jul 21 '19 at 13:03
  • As soon as I even read the title this was the word that popped into my head. – Cascabel Jul 21 '19 at 15:47
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I would in this case defer to using vernacular phrases or metaphors. A great line I heard in a movie (The Man from Snowy River, 1982) was "Spare me the affectations of martyrdom!".

"Really, Jessica. You're attacking that piece with all the sensitivity of a road-mender. Now, let's begin again, shall we? And this time, `con amore'. And spare me the affectations of martyrdom."

The Man From Snowy River Script

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  • Both affectations of martyrdom and sensitivity of a road-member sound remarkably dramatic to me, if not actually insulting. This sounds like the opposite of what was asked for in the question. (If I heard that, I would not calmly settle down . . .) – Jason Bassford Jul 21 '19 at 19:04

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