We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Interesting, however, an equally dangerous trend is the normalizing of behaviors and beliefs that are clearly mental illness. And for political reasons too. For example, what is the difference between imagining one is obese and starving oneself to death (anorexia) and imagining one is not the sex one was born and mutilating oneself to make one's body conform to such a delusion?
It's kind of a 'degree' thing. No one is 'normal' but the degree of your abnormality can make it difficult to fake it and appear normal. Does that sound a little crazy? (pun intended).
It has been my experience that those who are really out there, those who can't fake it usually are clueless that it is they themselves who are the crazy ones and their actions that brought their craziness to everyone's attention are simply not the actions of a 'normal' person, i.e. a person who understands the world and people to some extent and can fake it. The exception is/are those who have spent time with a shrink and they have learned the lingo. They are still crazy and they still can't fake it but they understand at some level that they need an excuse/explanation for their actions EVEN THOUGH they still don't see their actions as being abnormal.
So the executive summary is if the person you are dealing with can adjust to stressful or difficult situations than you are dealing with someone who can fake it or function dependably. If however the person ever looses it (i.e. fails to fake it) then they can never be trusted and they are indeed 'crazy'. Possible exception for young people, 15 and under. That is they may catch on and be able to fake it pretty well.
I can't emphasis enough that if they EVER lose it that they can NEVER be trusted. This isn't something that can be changed or fixed and everyone in that grey area will sooner or later fail you and probably at the worst time.