Apparently ass. holes are made in Canada and shipped frozen. Who knew?
From the folks at Vox:
The world is full of assholes. Wherever you live, whatever you do, odds are you’re surrounded by assholes. The question is, what to do about it?
Robert Sutton, a psychology professor at Stanford University, has stepped up to answer this eternal question. He’s the author of a new book, The Asshole Survival Guide, which is basically what it sounds like: a guide for surviving the assholes in your life.
In 2010, Sutton published The No Asshole Rule, which focused on dealing with assholes at an organizational level. In the new book, he offers a blueprint for managing assholes at the interpersonal level. If you’ve got an asshole boss, an asshole friend, or an asshole colleague, this book might be for you.
So how do you deal with an asshole?
... just freeze them out. I’m in academia, which means there are lots of assholes we can’t fire, but we can absolutely freeze them out. We don’t have to invite them to events or gatherings. We can shun them politely and smile at them as necessary, but other than that we just ignore them. That’s how we deal with assholes.
Right. We call that extinguishing the behavior. Or shunning if you prefer. Even if it doesn't work on the asshole, it works on you, leaving you with a more placid life.
Delete, block, unsubscribe, turn away. Assholes are often so self-absorbed they hardly notice.