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Talking to Crazy by Mark Goulston

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chapter 3

Spotting an Irrational Person’s M.O.

Every Murderer has a modus operandi—a preferred way of operating. One killer uses a knife, another uses a bomb, and a third goes for a bullet to the back of the head.

Similarly, all irrational people sport their own brand of crazy. This is how they get you to do what they want, while resisting doing what you want.

In Chapter 2, I told you about Lucia, who’s holding her family hostage with her bullying. Lucia’s M.O. is to attack people wildly. Other irrational people may cry, withdraw, become ice-cold, act sarcastic, or whine.

Why do these people behave the way they do? To stay in control. As I mentioned in Chapter 2, irrational people—especially those who are firmly in the grip of crazy—are terrified ...

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