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Talking to Crazy by Mark Goulston

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chapter 18

Coup Contrecoup

Turning an IrrationalPerson’s M.O. toYour Own Advantage

If You Fall in the shower and hit your head, your brain will suffer an injury at the spot where you hit it. In addition, it’ll suffer an injury on the opposite side, as your brain bounces off one side of your skull and caroms into the other side. In medicine, we call this type of injury coup contrecoup.

What does that have to do with crazy? In the types of situations I’ll talk about in this chapter, irrational people will attempt to injure you by being nasty or sarcastic. But you’re going to take their crazy and shove it right back in the opposite direction. Coup contrecoup.

As you can guess, this is a risky thing to do. However, there are smart ways and not-so-smart ...

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