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  • Writer's pictureOrina Ontiri

Talking to Crazy How to Deal with the Irrational and Impossible People in Your Life

In this week’s episode of Your Best Life, Karl interviews Dr. Mark Goulston, who is a psychiatrist, hostage negotiator, trainer, and one of the top experts on listening. Mark has been a crisis psychiatrist for 30 years, has been a UCLA professor of Psychiatry for 25 years. and a fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. During this episode, Karl and Dr. Goulston discuss ideology and communication, mental real estate, hacking Steve Jobs, losing warmth, and breaking the cycle.

Main Questions Asked:

  1. How do we get people to have a civil discourse and set aside talking points?

  2. What drove the change in our culture, and what is missing in parts of society?

  3. How do we to break the cycle?


Key Lessons Learned:

Ideology and Communication

  1. Healing the world one conversation at a time is about how to facilitate people talking with each other and listening.

  2. As the flow of communication has gotten easier, the net impact has been the ability for people to cluster around their ideology.

  3. The world has turned transactional, and the challenge when dealing with an ideology is that you can’t beat it or solve it with a transactional solution.

  4. There needs to be a transcendent solution that rises above it, because ideology rises above transaction to belief and fanaticism.

The Current State of Society

  1. We have become addicted to getting more sooner, and most people know it won’t make you happy or bring you joy but rather bring transitory excitement.

  2. Settling for less later feels like it will make us miserable.

  3. If there is a way to identify people who might be feeling injustice and humiliated, and recognize the signs, we may overt events such as school shootings.

Mental Real Estate

  1. The key to being successful at marketing is by asking, “What is the least you can say that can cause people to ask ‘What is that?’“

  2. Mental real estate is finding something with an emotional charge, repurposing it, and own it.

  3. For example, ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ owns the word ‘pirates’ in the minds of children.

Losing your Warmth

  1. A lot of women have traded in warmth to be project managers of the home.

  2. The kindness of a man is a distant second to the warmth of a woman.

  3. Warmth isn’t rushed. When someone is in pain or fear, they firstly want warmth, then when calmed, seek a solution.

  4. Dr. Goulston believes tenderness is about to be extinct and reserved for the aging, young children, and dying animals.

Breaking the Cycle

  1. When someone vents, they need to get the issues off their chest and for you to take the hit so they don’t strike out at someone else.

  2. Move into the person’s flow of energy and redirect it using the FUDN technique

  3. Let the person vent and literally lean in to them when they pause.

  4. Keep looking them in the eye and say, “You really sound frustrated about something; what is that about?”

  5. Conversation deepeners help them get the words out.

  6. Ask them, “Now what?”

The FUDN Technique

  1. Frustrated

  2. Upset

  3. Disappointed

  4. Now What?

Health and Wellness Tips

  1. A lot of people who don’t like to diet and exercise often fall off the wagon after having a close encounter of the worst kind.

  2. Make a list of all the people that give you energy and inspire you on the left side of a sheet of paper.

  3. On the right side, list the people and situations that drain and exhaust you.

  4. In the next 30 days, make a commitment to increase the interactions with the people on the left side that give you energy and minimize the interactions with people on the right side.

  5. This will make it easier to stick with a diet and exercise, and to cut your losses with negative people.

  6. The more time you spend with the positive people in your life, the more physiologically repulsive the negative people will be.

  7. One of the tragedies in life is to have difficult people suck the life out of you so much that you fail to acknowledge, appreciate, and thank the good people.

  8. Thinking of people who you can thank will make you less fearful and angry.

Thank you for listening!

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