If Carole does orchestrate her surroundings, like you say, I would kind of be on her side. It puts her in control, and that's not a bad position to be in. It's like a game that she can stand outside of herself and watch, if that makes sense. Should she run into someone that she can't "play" that with, she will know that she's met her match and she'll either learn from them or she'll run!
I think it's kind of a fun way of entertaining yourself.