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Loserthink

by Scott Adams

PUBLISHED: 5th November 2019
ISBN: 9780593083529
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PUBLISHED: 5th November 2019
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Publisher Description

No matter how smart or well-informed you are, you're probably trapped in a mental prison without knowing it. Scott Adams, the world-famous creator of Dilbert and New York Times bestselling author of Win Bigly, teaches us how to recognize and avoid the "loserthink" that prevents us from seeing outside our own bubbles of reality.

Even the smartest and most educated among us can slip into "loserthink," since we haven't been exposed to the best thinking practices in every discipline. Psychologists, engineers, scientists, entrepreneurs, historians, and artists, for example, all see the world through different filters. If we don't understand the basics of those filters, we're likely to fall into loserthink.

Some signs you've succumbed to loserthink include- inability to get your ego out of your decisions, thinking with words instead of reasons, failing to imagine alternative explanations, trusting your preferred news sources, and making too much of coincidences. And with the never-ending stream of urgent notifications on your phone and anger on your social media feeds, it's easy to feel miserable, defensive, anxious, poor, and sick.

But Adams offers a cure for loserthink by teaching you the most productive thinking practices from a variety of disciplines. In this book, you will learn how to...

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Author Biography

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Review Quote

Lavish Praise for Loserthink "They say you shouldn't judge a book by its cover, but they never tell you why. So I went ahead and judged it. Looks great!" - Juan Variable "Don't think of this book as something you 'read.' Think of it as 'survival.' And you want to survive, don't you?" - M. Wordthinker "If you love this book, you are probably part of a clandestine global conspiracy to control the world. You'll probably deny it, but I know what you are thinking." - Reed Mines "The simplest explanation for why you will love this book is that it is the best book in the world. Duh. Simple." - Sir William of Ockham "This is the only book I have ever read. I highly recommend it because I can't imagine how any other book could be better." - Noah Mashnashun "There are many similarities between this book and the Holy Bible. For example, they both use words. I'm not saying the author of this book is a deity, but obviously things are heading in that direction." - Matthew, Mark, John "I don't recommend this book, but only because I'm an unsuccessful author marinating in my hatred for those who have succeeded. If I ever write a book, imagine how great it would be!" - A. Badriter

Promotional "Headline"

If you've been on social media lately, or turned on your TV, you may have noticed there are a lot of dumb ideas floating around out there.

Excerpt from Book

Chapter 1 What Is Loserthink? Despite evidence to the contrary, we all use our brains. But most of us have never learned how to think effectively. I'm not talking about IQ or other measures of intelligence, which matter in their own way, of course. I'm talking about thinking as a learned skill. We don't teach thinking in schools, and you can see the results of that nearly every day. If you use social media, or you make the mistake of paying attention to other people's opinions in any form, you're probably seeing a lot of absurd and unproductive reasoning that I call loserthink. Loserthink isn't about being dumb, and it isn't about being underinformed. Loserthink is about unproductive ways of thinking. You can be smart and well informed while at the same time being a flagrant loserthinker. That is not only possible; it's the normal situation. My observation, after several decades on this planet, is that clear thinking is somewhat rare. And there's a reason for that. No matter how smart you are, if you don't have experience across multiple domains, you're probably not equipped with the most productive ways of thinking. For example, a trained engineer learns a certain way of thinking about the world that overlaps but is different from how a lawyer, a philosopher, or an economist thinks. Having any one of those skill sets puts you way ahead in understanding the world and thinking about it productively. But unless you have sampled the thinking techniques across different fields, you are missing a lot. And again, to be super clear, I am not talking about the facts one learns in those disciplines. I am only talking about the techniques of thinking that students of those fields pick up during the process of learning. The good news is that you don't need to master the fields of engineering, science, economics, philosophy, law, or any other field in order to learn the basics of how to think the way experts in those areas think. For example, if you didn't know what the concept of sunk costs is all about, I could explain it in thirty seconds and you would fully understand it. Sunk costs: Money you already spent shouldn't influence your decision about what to do next, but for psychological reasons, it often does. I wrote this book to get you acquainted with (or remind you of) the most productive thinking techniques borrowed from multiple domains. Collectively, they will help you avoid unproductive loserthink.

Description for Sales People

Since the 2016 US election sales of Scott Adams' books have soared as he is exposed to a new audience. Scott Adams has a broad audience, with 310k followers on Twitter. Adams is the creator of Dilbert, one of the most popular comic strips of all time. Offers bold strategies to change your perspective and adopt new ways of thinking.

Product Details

Author
Scott Adams
Pages
256
Publisher
Random House USA Inc
Year
2019
ISBN-10
0593083520
ISBN-13
9780593083529
Format
Hardcover
Publication Date
2019-11-05
Country of Publication
United States
Short Title
Loserthink
Language
English
Subtitle
How Untrained Brains Are Ruining America
Audience
General/Trade