Whether in the workplace or in personal life, everyone encounters irrational people. (Sometimes the irrational person is even yourself.) Talking to Crazy: How to Deal with the Irrational and Impossible People in Your Life by Mark Goulston teaches readers communication skills for the moments when people seem to listen the least. Journalists, booksellers, book reviewers, librarians, and media professionals interested in the psychology behind these strategies and the results they provide are invited to request Talking to Crazy for review.
Let’s face it, we all know people who are irrational. No matter how hard you try to reason with them, it never works. So what’s the solution? How do you talk to someone who’s out of control? What can you do with a boss who bullies, a spouse who yells, or a friend who frequently bursts into tears?
In his book Just Listen, Mark Goulston shared his bestselling formula for getting through to the resistant people in your life. Now, in his breakthrough new book Talking to Crazy, he brings his communication magic to the most difficult group of all–the downright irrational.
As a psychiatrist, Goulston has seen his share of crazy and he knows from experience that you can’t simply argue it away. The key to handling irrational people is to learn to lean into the crazy–to empathize with it. That radically changes the dynamic and transforms you from a threat into an ally. Talking to Crazy explains this counterintuitive Sanity Cycle and reveals:
Why people act the way they do • How instinctive responses can exacerbate the situation–and what to do instead • When to confront a problem and when to walk away • How to use a range of proven techniques including Time Travel, the Fishbowl, and the Belly Roll • And much more
You can’t reason with unreasonable people–but you can reach them. This powerful and practical book shows you how.
Mark Goulston, M.D., (Los Angeles) is a top psychiatrist, consultant, coach, and business advisor. The author of Just Listen (AMACOM) and other popular books, he blogs for the Harvard Business Review, Fast Company, Business Insider, Huffington Post, and Psychology Today; cohosts a weekly radio show; and is featured frequently in major media, including The Wall Street Journal, Fortune, Newsweek, Time, CNN, Fox News, and the Today Show.
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