We all have a bit of crazy in us

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"All of us are crazy - just to different extents," my friend commented.

The Barclays head of Asia-Pacific FX strategy went berserk and threatened workers at a work-site near his home. He got fired for his public outburst. [Read more]

Some of us might wonder: how in the world does someone get to that position in a company and not know how to behave appropriately?

I'm one of those people who wonder. And I wonder also about other incidents and behaviour I've seen or heard about. Here are some examples:

- An employee was so stressed out at work that she had to get warded for observation at a sanitarium. She has not recovered and is unable to work any job now.
- A student who was studying in a university overseas become unable to study or work. His mental ability was reverted to that of a child.
- A woman felt like that everyone was against her and was constantly doing things to hint to her that they did not like her. E.g. she would get angry if someone sneezes because she thinks that by sneezing the person is expressing his dislike for her.
- A woman thinks everyone is jealous of her. When people are not talking to her, she thinks they are gossiping behind her back. She does not have any attributes that the average person would be jealous of.

If you have friends or employees who behave inappropriately, have strange thoughts that cause their relationships to sour or seem to be headed down the wrong mental path, will you be the bad cop who tells them that they need to get psychiatric help?

Some of them can be rather scary - like the Barclays guy - and I'd rather stay away than risk getting myself hurt trying to help them!

4 comments:

David said...

Yu-Kym,

Examples of workers and professionals cracking under pressure are found around the world.

Disgruntled former employees at times return to a former place of employment and are very violent, often attacking former coworkers, and managers. Most of the wrongs against the those in the former workplace are percieved by the individual.

Lately a few such people have left messages on Facebook pages that were ignored by others, and at times result in injury or death of others.

You may not be aware of anyone who left or was fired from your current employers ranks, that might one day come back seeking revenge.

An unlikely scenario but such has occured.

David

David said...

Yu-Kym,

Examples of workers and professionals cracking under pressure are found around the world.

Disgruntled former employees at times return to a former place of employment and are very violent, often attacking former coworkers, and managers. Most of the wrongs against the those in the former workplace are percieved by the individual.

Lately a few such people have left messages on Facebook pages that were ignored by others, and at times result in injury or death of others.

You may not be aware of anyone who left or was fired from your current employers ranks, that might one day come back seeking revenge.

An unlikely scenario but such has occured.

David

Anonymous said...

It is not fair to say that he "cracked up" because Sillyporeans have been brain washed by Con-You for so many years, they simply can't think straight anymore.
Stinkiporeans don’t realised that in overseas countries ( where this expatriate FT comes from ), there are strict laws governing construction work regarding when they can start and finish, typically 7am – 6pm. The construction company can be fined heavily if they break the rule.
Yet in Sillypore, there is no such rule. Construction goes on for 24 hours 7 days a week.
I was in a hotel recently in SG, and whole night I can hear, every few minutes, “BOOM” from construction nearby. They must be pile driving or unloading huge lorries. They kept me up whole night. I will be screaming my head off at these bastards too!

Anonymous said...

Dear Anonymous AM,
I belief ex barclays' guy Is not the only one with a pair of ears that functions, what about the other residents there? What about the construction workers actually working at the site? These foreign workers deserve more sympathy than a highly paid 'Ang moh expatriate' with no respect for the law