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Litmus Test for Crazy

Litmus Test for Crazy

by jturkin on April 7, 2011

Here’s one way to tell if somebody you know is crazy:

Do they refer to their parents as “mom” and “dad” and not “my mom” and “my dad?” This might make them crazy.

So, Mom said Dad shouldn’t have given me his truck, but you know Dad, so laid back.

By not inserting the teeny-tiny two-letter word, “my,” before “mom” or “dad,” this probably means they have trouble understanding the world from the perspective of another (anyone who exists outside their own head). This is a clear sign of a) Autism, b) self-importance, or c) craziness!

I realize I’m over-generalizing, but I’ve definitely noticed a pattern between this intrinsic habit and people who lack the ability to grasp the world around them.

Sometimes you know the person well enough, or have met their parents, and maybe if they’re that comfortable enough around you, they can refer to their parents that way and get away with it. But this scenario is much worse:

The crazy person refers to somebody you clearly do not know, by a name you’ve never heard.

“It’s what Richard calls Groundhog-syndrome. Mittens is afraid of her own shadow.”
Who the hell is Richard? And why would I care for his opinion on your cat’s hiding habits?

Granted, there are incidences where she can be mistaken, and falsely assume you were introduced to this un-mutual acquaintance… but odds are, because she knows Richard, she doesn’t understand how everybody doesn’t know him too.

Odds are, this kind of individual rarely reciprocates the mundane conversational questions you ask them, too.

- I’m not asking you because I want to know your favorite kind of frozen yogurt, I’m asking because I want you to ask me about my favorite kind… and it’s frustrating that you don’t care enough to want to hear about my brilliant 4-flavor swirl with oreos and kiwi sprinkled on top-

And isn’t that the true sign of a crazy-head? Somebody who doesn’t want to know about your favorite kind of dessert?

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