How to recognize Irrational People

Since I wrote this post I have something  to add as Ftl is online media, I should make mention of cyber-irrational irrational people.  In digital media, -more later-

How to recognize Irrational People

irrationalThere are Three Stages of irrationality:

Stage 1- People in this stage are salvageable; however, they are irritating, and it takes patience to reason with their illogical, inconsistent, tangential thought process  that borders on lunacy. If you value this person, then take time to explain; you may be pleasantly surprised.

Stage 2 – Here is the dividing line—the point at which you run, and run fast. People in this stage are noticeably unpleasant, unreasonable and arrogant—those who love to pontificate about nothing. If forced into contact, lower your stress by minimizing contact and know they are not reliable. They are usually not salvageable, especially, if you value your own sanity.

  • Limit contact with these people;

  • Don’t rely on them. While this means more work, it’s well-worth the reduced stress.

Stage 3 – Avoid! People in this stage are very dangerous and sociopaths.  They are toxic, and capable of anything. They are like powerful vacuums that suck the very life from you. Minute contact inevitably leads to more destructive interactions until you are too lifeless to resist. People in Stage 3 destroy lives, they are perpetual takers, and master deceivers who only give illusions.

When I find myself saying the same thing in ten different ways, and the other person has ten different interpretations each attacking me, all making no sense and not connected to the conversation, I know this is an irrational conversation going nowhere.    Hopeless….

My default: quickly end the conversation. Time is too precious!

Revised 11/30/14

Author: Angela Grant

I am a first generation Jamaican immigrant whose experiences and accomplishments were made possible by the courage, sacrifices and the heroic acts of many whose bodies have rotted away in unmarked graves. Those are my heroes. Their sacrifices and death paved the way for my children and I. Failure to Listen is a token of my eternal gratitude. Failure to Listen is a tribute those generations of unmarked graves occupied by people of all races whose ultimate sacrifice of life opened the door for me and others, THANK YOU. Failure to Listen uses cultural lenses to appreciate and understand the relationships between current events and our values, beliefs and attitudes. Culture is everything without it we are nothing. Failure to Listen will take you on a journey to recognize the beauty of our differences as the seeds to creativity, innovation and resolving disparities. By sharing my personal and professional experiences, I hope to do justice to the perspectives of those who are rarely heard or listened to. This site is not to incite anger but rather to provoke thought. It is my hope that Failure to Listen will work to foster intergroup dialogues and motivate readers to step outside the box and get to know ALL PEOPLE. In the spirit of Martin Luther King, let's join hands and remember his famous speech about a dream... A small group of thoughtful people could change the world. Indeed, it's the only thing that ever has. -Margaret Mead

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