The Asshole Survival Guide

The Asshole Survival Guide

How to Deal with People Who Treat You Like Dirt


Penguin presents the audiobook edition of The Asshole Survival Guide written and read by Robert I Sutton.

Being around assholes, whether at work or elsewhere, can damage performance and affect wellbeing: having one asshole in a team has been shown to reduce performance by 30 to 40%. And social media has only given rise to further incivility -- 40% of people have experienced harassment online.

But in The Asshole Survival Guide, Stanford professor Robert Sutton offers practical advice on identifying and tackling any kind of asshole -- based on research into groups from uncivil civil servants to French bus drivers, and 8,000 emails that he has received on asshole behaviour.

With expertise and humour, he provides a cogent and methodical game-plan to fight back. First, he sets out the asshole audit, to find out what kind of asshole needs dealing with, and asshole detection strategies. Then he reveals field-tested, sometimes surprising techniques, from asshole avoidance and asshole taxes to mind-tricks and the art of love bombing. Finally, he explains the dangers of asshole blindness - when the problem might be yours truly.


  • 'With cutting-edge research and real-life examples that are thought-provoking and often hilarious, this is an indispensable resource'
    Gretchen Rubin, author of The Happiness Project

About the author

Robert I Sutton

Robert Sutton is the bestselling author of The No Asshole Rule which has sold 800,000 copies globally, as well as Good Boss, Bad Boss and Scaling Up Excellence. He is Professor of Management Science and Engineering at Stanford, a fellow at IDEO and has published over 150 articles through outlets such as the Harvard Business Review and the Financial Times.
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