The Asshole Survival Guide

The Asshole Survival Guide

How to Deal With People Who Treat You Like Dirt

Book - 2017
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Sutton starts with diagnosis: what kind of asshole problem, exactly, are you dealing with? From there, he provides field-tested, evidence-based, and sometimes surprising strategies for dealing with assholes-- avoiding them, outwitting them, disarming them, sending them packing, and developing protective psychological armor. By helping you develop an outlook and personal plan that will help you preserve the sanity in your work life, Sutton also help you prevent all those perfectly good days from being ruined by some jerk.
Publisher: Boston :, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt,, [2017]
Copyright Date: 2017
ISBN: 9781328695918
Branch Call Number: 650.13 SUT 2017
Characteristics: 214 pages ; 22 cm


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Sep 19, 2018

Nothing special in the book. Just use common sense when dealing with jerks.

Apr 06, 2018

So apparently this author is an expert on assholes, but he doesn't have much to say about how to deal with family members so how can this be true?

Since I don't have workplace, much of this really good advice and wisdom, suggestions and clarifications, kind of went by the wayside with me. It's fun in the abstract, but doesn't all translate well to people you have to deal with at family gatherings rather than in asymmetrical power situations.

Still, there is a lot to learn and a lot to remember here. Good ideas to consider when someone says or does something and you have a strong reaction. Before responding, these ideas are worth considering. It's always a good idea to think a little, especially when you're around assholes, right?

PimaLib_NormS Nov 20, 2017

It seems there’s an “–ism” that is rampant these days. It’s everywhere. What am I talking about? Assholism. Ubiquitous, virulent, out-of-control assholism. Good thing that Robert I. Sutton wrote his new book “The Asshole Survival Guide: How to Deal With People Who Treat You Like Dirt”. As in many books of this type that dispense mostly common sense advice, the “Guide” gives counsel and suggests strategies on how to deal with the raging assholery of today. I suppose we all could use a little help when we find ourselves in certain assholistic situations like, say, the guy that cuts you off in traffic, then gives you the finger, as if it was your fault. Or having to put up with a narcissistic, know-it-all co-worker that blathers on and on about a multitude of subjects, dominating every conversation without the slightest hint of caring about the opinion of anyone else. “Asshole” has become one of those catchall type words, most often used to describe a boorish, oblivious, opinionated, rude, crude, hurtful, mean, jerky, selfish, disgusting, self-involved guy that makes everyone around him miserable. And, it usually is a “him”, isn’t it? People into labeling, generally call a woman who behaves badly in those ways something else. But, there’s no way I’m going down that road. I can’t say that Robert Sutton has all the answers and knows all the most effective ways of handling the unpleasant people of the world. It could be considered a public service that someone is giving this subject some deep thought, though.

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