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Loserthink: How Untrained Brains Are Ruining America

3.82  ·  Rating details ·  2,210 ratings  ·  319 reviews
From the creator of Dilbert and author of Win Bigly , a guide to spotting and avoiding loserthink: sneaky mental habits trapping victims in their own bubbles of reality.

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

"We know when history will repeat and when it won't."
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published November 5th 2019 by Portfolio (first published 2019)
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Riku Sayuj
Apr 26, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: self-help
A written-from-twitter book. It's self-help for social media. A new genre. To test it I observed Scott's interactions on twitter over the last few weeks. Well, I don't really see it working for the writer/practitioner himself.

All you need to know:

1. Don’t engage in mind reading. It isn’t a human skill.
2. Think of your ego as a tool, not your identity. Track your predictions to build up some useful humility about your worldview. Put yourself in embarrassing situations regularly to teach yourself
Nov 07, 2019 rated it it was ok
I think the book has very good intentions. The power and prevalence of propaganda, and the ease of falling into an echo-chamber have both exploded in the last two decades. Twitter and Facebook seems almost intentionally designed to cause discord. Perhaps we need books like this to arm the general populace with thinking strategies to help them climb out. Much of the advice and tactics are solid enough. I just wish every other sentence wasn't dedicated to building Scott Adams' brand. A ton of the ...more
Josh Maulucci
Nov 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Once again, Scott Adams does not disappoint. I've read a mountain of psychology, neuroscientific, and sociology books in the recent past. This takes 85-90% of all those interesting data points and ideas and consolidates them down into one of the most succinct, entertaining, and practical packages concerning thought and behavior that I've yet encountered. Do yourself a favor, if you haven't had the luxury of reading much of that "mountain," glean it from this fantastic source; if you're already a ...more
D.B. Buzzkill
Dec 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
There is a lot not to like about this book. It opens with tired climate change denial arguments (no, there was no 10 year pause, and actually, the old 1970s climate models did predict accurately how the planet heats up as CO2 traps heat in the atmosphere). The book continues with bad evolutionary psychology, and a whole host of completely unsubstantiated assertions about the world. Throughout the book Adams uses cheap rhetorical tricks to misrepresent political issues (whether abortion is murder ...more
Apr 06, 2020 rated it liked it
Good thought provoking book! Philosophical, psychological and learned some things about to be as a person. Don't think like a loser! Some things were common sense but sometimes common isn't so common. He even talks about how there is no definition of normal. Lots of food for thought in this book and I enjoyed listening to the audiobook voiced by Scott Adams during my daily walk in this quarantine epidemic.

Through life you can put on your economic hat on or business, art, sports hat, programming
Skylar Burris
Dec 20, 2019 rated it it was ok
This book was part political commentary, part self-help, and part explication of logical fallacies to avoid. Some worthwhile points, but generally dumbed-down and, like most nonfiction books of this nature, it takes a concept that could have filled 40 pages and lengthens it to 200+ through repetition and filler. There's also a lot of self-plugging going on throughout the book (mentions of other books and products and personal successes, etc.) ...more
Ensen Mason
Nov 24, 2019 rated it liked it
Mildly entertaining and thought provoking. But the frequency Adams spoke highly of himself was distracting. If I didn't think he was accomplished, I wouldn't be reading his book. ...more
Mike Vaughan
Dec 03, 2019 rated it did not like it
Hot garbage. I didn't agree with most of the stuff this dude said in the first 100 pages Not a ton of real information, some stuff I was literally shaking my head at. Add to the burn pile. ...more
Nov 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book was fun to read! I stumbled across it with no prior knowledge AT ALL about Scott Adams, Dilbert, his political commentary, or his other books.

I’m sure Scott’s voice through the book will be criticised by some, but I really enjoyed it. I laughed out loud several times. I enjoyed his writing style and will read more of his books for this reason.

Major takeaways: I love Scott Adams explanation of the ego as a tool, intertwined with his ideas on embarrassment. I also enjoyed his take on h
Jeffrey Cox
Oct 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Honestly just to cancel out the 1-star review that is posted before the book is even released. I'll update my review once the book actually comes out, but it is frustrating that an unreleased book has a 1-star review.
Edit now the book has actually come out: my five star rating stands. Adams presents a helpful framework for looking at the world. My one concern is that the term "loserthink" may still be too insulting to be helpful, but it's at least an attempt at communicating an important concept
Dec 10, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I got through 4 chapters of Scott Adams proposing solutions to problems I don't have. I'm not sure just who is his target audience, but it isn't me. He seems to be aiming his advice at folks who make themselves unhappy by thinking negative thoughts about other people's motives. I'm enjoying life too much to worry about what other people think, so I'm going to find another book to read. ...more
Evan Micheals
Jan 06, 2020 rated it it was ok
I heard Scott Adams talking about this book on The Knowledge Project and Sam Harris which he describes thinking strategies to avoid “Loserthink”. The introduction had me suspecting that Adam’s was going to do a poor version of Daniel Kahneman’s “Thinking Fast and Slow”. He then goes on to loosely describe thinking strategies that can be learned from: Psychology; Artist; Engineering; Economics; and History amongst other disciplines. I believe the book is poorly referenced, and Adams appropriates ...more
Nov 16, 2019 rated it it was ok
Not sure what everyone else is seeing in this that I'm missing...I will admit that the perspective of biased thinking is causing issues, but I don't appreciate the criticism of different beliefs that is portrayed by the author. Maybe I'll try again in the future. ...more
Admirable intent, but horrible execution

I really like the idea of someone like Scott popularizing critical thing - lord knoes we need more of it. The execution of this is horrible - the examples were just awful. There are gems here, but I couldn't finish the book.
Jan 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I didn't think I would like this book, but I devoured it. There are some golden nuggets in here on persuasive techniques, how to build an argument, and how to break yourself out of plain old poor thinking. At minimum, worth a good, solid scan. ...more
Scott McKenzie
Dec 01, 2019 rated it liked it
Five word review: Climate opinions are off putting
Dec 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
If you listen to Coffee with Scott Adams you have already heard most of this.
Donna Hines
Jan 10, 2020 rated it it was ok
If everyone jumps off the bridge would you?
What if everyone thinks we need privacy - do we?
How about every NonTrumper is a big ol' hot mess--are they truly all a hot mess?
I suppose it's wise not to throw all your eggs in one basket.
Not everyone requires a label yet those who've had experience dealing with malignant narcissists know that they love to call anyone from their past crazy and this is basically his point!
Not all media is fluffing ideas and spreading the propaganda love around.
Not every
Rhett Reisman
Loserthink provides a framework for avoiding unproductive thinking.

Reading this book will help you identify your own meaningless thought patterns.

Some common ones are: mind reading (assuming you know what other people’s thoughts/intentions are), slippery slopes (a logical fallacy, eventually a counterforce stops the slipping), history “repeating itself” (Which history? When does it repeat? If you can’t use this information to predict reliably it doesn’t mean anything.), one variable projection
Leonardo Etcheto
Nov 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
I took it slow, since it is an idea filled book. Read a few pages, thought about it, read a few more. Most of what he says I already practice or have heard him expand on before. The bit that really stuck out at me on this first read through is his take on Privacy. I had always thought of it as an absolute, but he does a good job of pointing out that there are many instances where less privacy is better, and that we historically have not enjoyed much privacy anyway since humans evolved from small ...more
Christopher (Donut)
More than a little repetitive, although that may be part of Adam's hypnotic technique.

Not 100 percent persuasive, either.

But a few good tips.
Jan 18, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: self-help, nonfiction
Loserthink (2019) by Scott Adams is another book from the author of Dilbert. It combines advice along with tales of Adam’s life and his observations.

Adams defines ‘Loserthink’ as unproductive ways of thinking. Part of the book is describing how economics, engineers, scientists, leaders, entrepreneurs, psychologists, artists and historians think and what can be learnt from each viewpoint. It’s not a bad idea. Adams writes well and coins some new terms, including halfpinions where only the benefit
Dec 26, 2020 rated it it was ok
If you have read a few behavioral books, most of these concepts would not be new to you. The ending picks up the pace of value. However I did recognize some Loserthink assumptions in a few arguments made. He's a little bit too "I'm a celebrity" absorbed too. I guess you write what you feel. Overall, just OK. Win Bigly much better. ...more
Jan 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
Another great Scott Adams book where he explains how people operate. I learned ways that people have tendencies to think in irrational ways and how that leads to negative things.

You can see examples of this in everyday life and it does open your eyes and give you more effective ways to think.

He also has really good predictions about where we are headed. Education, living, and our digital world. Adams does that a lot with his books "The Dilbert Future" along with his Periscope and Podcasts.
Feb 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
Loserthink isn’t about being dumb, and it isn’t about being underinformed. Loserthink is about unproductive ways of thinking.

Rating: 4/5

If you have a negative word for something, it will be easier to avoid it than if you don’t.

Calling people stupid will not make them turn smart, but pointing out a bad technique and contrasting it with a good one can, in time, move people to a more productive way of thinking. As with my example of sunk costs, once you are exposed to the concept for the first time
“Mr. Madison, what you’ve just said is one of the most insanely idiotic things I have ever heard. At no point in your rambling, incoherent response were you even close to anything that could be considered a rational thought. Everyone in this room is now dumber for having listened to it. I award you no points, and may God have mercy on your soul.”

Of course, this book was released long after the film Billy Madison. I’m sure that if this fictional Principal read the book, Loserthink, he would have
Kevin Kelly
My theory on the swinging reviews of this book is that individuals with more emotional leaning logic are immediately put off by the vulcan-like appeal to reason. I understand the criticism of Adam's ego and narcissism, but I think he refers to himself purely because he knows how and why he became successful and why things have or haven't worked out for him. The takeaways he present I find cross any sort of party-lines and partisan ship and should be required reading for people who feel they just ...more
Nov 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
In my profession I need constant practice and reminders of how to solve problems and evaluate data. It is easy to fall into various logical fallacies and incorrect evaluations so any exposure to the traps makes it easier to avoid them.
This book is written in an easy style and will certainly help you see some of the wrong ways to think. I would not expect that every one of the examples throughout the book will resonate with every reader but I would say with near certainty that you will find usef
Jason Coleman
Jun 17, 2020 rated it did not like it
The world is just so simple to this guy. You’re in debt, pay it off. Climate change? Not enough evidence to know one way or the other. Make sure you’re watching CNN and Fox News. You can do anything you want, especially if experts don’t think you can. Am I missing something?

This guy is so lucky that he had a hit comic strip because otherwise he would sound just like my annoying uncle at the Thanksgiving dinner, and he’d be taken just as seriously.
Oct 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Haven't got the book yet but know it's gonna be a 5/5. ...more
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Adams was born in Windham, New York in 1957 and received his Bachelor's degree in Economics from Hartwick College in 1979.

He also studied economics and management for his 1986 MBA from the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley.

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