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Loserthink: How Untrained Brains Are Ruining America
First edition
AuthorScott Adams
CountryUnited States
Publication date
November 5, 2019[1]
Media typePrint, e-book
Pages256 pages

Loserthink: How Untrained Brains Are Ruining America is a 2019 non-fiction book by Scott Adams,[2] creator of Dilbert. Adams suggests that many otherwise intelligent people are trapped by unproductive ways of thinking. The reason for this, he says, is they don't have experience across multiple domains and thus are not equipped to think more productively. Loserthink introduces readers to the most useful thought patterns in a variety of disciplines. Adams wants to help employees identify mental barriers and how to break through them, as well as escape from their own "mental prisons."[3][4][5] Loserthink is a New York Times Bestseller.[6]

The book claims to show you how to think like a psychologist, artist, historian, engineer, leader, scientist and entrepreneur.

Adams has suggested two ideas for a calmer internet: the “48-hour rule,” where everyone should be given a grace period of a couple of days to retract any controversial statement they’ve made, and the “20-year rule,” where everyone should be automatically forgiven for any mistakes they made more than two decades ago—with the exception of certain serious crimes.[7]

Ghostwriter Joshua Lisec said Loserthink's advantage is it appeals to a wide range of audiences.[8]


  1. ^ Adams, Scott (2019). Loserthink: How Untrained Brains Are Ruining America. ISBN 978-0593083529.
  2. ^ "Delusions of failure". www.newstatesman.com. 18 November 2020.
  3. ^ Ward, David (November 25, 2019). "Meet Scott Adams—the Man Behind Dilbert". SHRM.
  4. ^ "Book review: Loserthink by Scott Adams". Woodworking Network. November 15, 2019.
  5. ^ "Scott Adams: Avoiding Loserthink". Farnam Street.
  6. ^ "Advice, How-To & Miscellaneous Books - Best Sellers - Books - Nov. 24, 2019 - The New York Times". The New York Times.
  7. ^ Galaxy, Geek's Guide to the (November 30, 2019). "Scott Adams Has Some Ideas for a Calmer Internet". Wired – via www.wired.com.
  8. ^ Archived at Ghostarchive and the Wayback Machine: A Sneaky Book Promotion Tip from Loserthink by Scott Adams - Loserthink Book Review. YouTube.