The Tao of Dealing With Crazy, From Mark Bennett, People Defender

Mark and I went to high school together in New Delhi, and both of us ended up in Texas. He’s a highly respected defense attorney in Houston who manages to raise a family, travel the world, AND write an amazing blog. The following is cribbed directly from his recent post. If you find it as useful as I do, it’ll save your sanity on a monthly basis.

1. If you don’t have to deal with a crazy person, don’t.
2. You can’t outsmart crazy [Thanks to Lisa J]. You also can’t fix crazy. (You could outcrazy it, but that makes you crazy too.)
3. When you get in a contest of wills with a crazy person, you’ve already lost.
4. The crazy person doesn’t have as much to lose as you.
5. Your desired outcome is to get away from the crazy person.
6. You have no idea what the crazy person’s desired outcome is.
7. The crazy person sees anything you have done as justification for what she’s about to do.
8. Anything nice you do for the crazy person, she will use as ammunition later.
9. The crazy person sees any outcome as vindication.
10. When you start caring what the crazy person thinks, you’re joining her in her craziness.

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