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Talking to Crazy by Mark Goulston

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chapter 4

Knowing When to Talk to Crazy and When to Walk Away

This Book is all about dealing with people who are irrational. But if you’re planning to have a conversation with someone like this, there’s a question you need to ask yourself first:

Why?

Do you have a good reason for trying to engage with this person? Or would you be better off steering clear?

Often, the “why” is obvious. Maybe you love the person. Or you’re so entangled financially or relationally that you can’t escape.

But maybe the “why” isn’t so obvious. Maybe the relationship isn’t important or salvageable, and you’re wasting your time trying to get through. Doing that makes your own behavior crazy.

Psychiatrists spend a lot of time trying to help people who’ve been hurt, ...

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