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    talk him back vs take him back

    A personís modus operandi is the specific thing he does when a period of craziness kicks in. The person might scream, launch into a personal attack or start ignoring you completely. Look for patterns in the personís crazy behavior, and try to uncover the exact trigger.
    Once youíve identified the modus operandi, try to empathize with the person. Attempt to put yourself in his crazy headspace by imagining what heís feeling. In this way, youíll be able to talk him back into a saner state.

    Source: Book Summary: Talking to Crazy: How to Deal with the Irrational and Impossible People in Your Life by Mark Goulston.

    I am wondering if it should be "take him back" in the sentence above. Could you explain it? Thanks.

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    Re: talk him back vs take him back

    The writer is advising the reader to talk to "the crazy person" in a certain way. The relevant phrase is "talk him back into a saner state". (To take somebody back would be something entirely different.)

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    Re: talk him back vs take him back

    To "talk someone back" comes from the act of trying to get someone not to jump off of a roof/bridge/etc. If someone is suicidal, you want to talk them back from the edge.

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