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Talking to Crazy by Mark Goulston

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chapter 15

The Three L’s

Helping an Irrational PersonCope with Extreme Fear

A Person trapped in intense fear is like a hamster trapped on a wheel. The person’s thoughts keep spinning round and round, and as they spin, they get more and more out of control.

Here’s what the soundtrack inside a fearful person’s head is saying:

“The biopsy is going to show cancer. Oh my God, I’m going to die. Who will take care of my kids? I’m going to die. What am I going to do? Maybe it won’t show cancer …. Oh my God, it’s going to be cancer. And it’s going to be incurable. I’m going to die. Who will take care of my kids?”

“Oh s#@&, I’ve lost one of our biggest clients. I’m going to be fired. We’re going to lose the house. What will the kids do? How will I tell ...

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