a Ticket to ride The Crazy Train


I mention the Crazy Train often in some of my posts. I want to talk for a moment about exactly what the Crazy Train is.

The Crazy Train is a transparent, narcissistic, lying piece of turd sociopath that is charming and funny, yet causes so much drama and intrigue that you just can’t resist hopping on their train, just to see where they will take you.

One of my friends told me that she loves to ride the Crazy Train, but she always gets off before it becomes a train wreck.  

I am not a good passenger on the Crazy Train because I always like to make that personal connection. I also ask way too many questions and tend to analyze the destinations and poll the other passengers on a regular basis. Sometimes I make it all the way to the train wreck, but sometimes I get thrown from the train while it’s still moving.

The Crazy Train doesn’t like unruly travelers that want to open the shades to verify what they’re telling the rest of us. When we are really riding through a barren desert and not an exotic paradise like they’re busy announcing over the intercom, then I think everybody should know that, so they don’t get disappointed when the liar’s pants catch fire from the heat.

One of my friends asked me to work on the Crazy Train one weekend.

I told another friend about the situation and she told me to definitely go. I did not want to do that. She encouraged me to give it a try. “If the Narc tries to start anything with you, just smile at her and say “Not today.” That’s all you have to say and then just walk away. You can do that!”

She told me that if it had been her in my place, she would have loved working with the Bully. She said she would have smiled real large at her and had a great time because that would have pissed the Bully off even more. She would have enjoyed the whole process.

That’s called Riding the Crazy Train.

Some people are really good at it. They know when to hop on for the most fun, and they know when to hop off, right before it derails.

There’s nothing wrong with riding the Crazy Train, as long as you are secure enough with yourself to ride it without any expectations of arriving on time. Make sure to bring some luggage you don’t mind losing and pack light because you never want to bring anything valuable with you on this trip. It will get stolen and possibly used against you at a later date.

Never step on the third rail when disembarking because that’s where the juice is most deadly, especially if they’ve been paying their electric bills on time. Keep your ticket in a safe place. You never want to get stuck on the Crazy Train with no way to get back home again.

So the next time I talk about the Crazy Train, you’ll know exactly what I mean.

All Aboard!


You can find this and many other entries about living with and recovering from narcissistic abuse in my book, Life After the Narcissist written by Katy Shultz. Available on Amazon.com, Barnes and Noble.com and all fine retailers.

About Madeline Scribes

A writer with a sense of humor. If anyone can laugh at life, it's me.
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4 Responses to a Ticket to ride The Crazy Train

  1. afteramerica says:

    Your writing keeps getting better and better. Your blog postings are getting better and better and I would love to chat with you live. We can talk by TELEPHONE or by Skype. Just send me a way to reach you and let’s chat.


    • Hi there afteramerica! I apologize for being so long in responding to your lovely invitation to chat! I sometimes answer comments as they come in, but most of the time I end of answering them a page at a time and I missed this one when it came through. Let’s exchange a few emails first. I have your email and will send you something along in the next week or so.


      • afteramerica says:

        You can skype me at: moviecapitalceo. We can also chat via google+ or I can call you. If your too busy to chat no worries. Nice to connect.


  2. Great post and great explanation. I think I am one of those that is drawn to ride the crazy train but am still sitting aboard as wiser folks jump off. Well, I am trying to work on this issue. Thanks for making the picture clearer. Keep on going.


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