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Assholes: A Theory

The new book by Aaron James (UC – Irvine) is reviewed.

James tells us that an asshole is a person who allows himself to enjoy special advantage ‘systematically’ due to an “entrenched” sense of entitlement (“entrenched” means the person will never change), and who is oblivious to complaints about his behavior because of that overwrought sense of entitlement.

There is an interesting discussion about whether assholes are exclusively male. He notes a difference between men and women that is culturally developed: women tend to be less aggressive, and so (according to him) they tend to disguise their contempt for other peoples’ opinions by pretending to appreciate them–and then turning around and going after them behind their backs. I won’t go any further, except to say that, Oh, ladies, you are going to have a field day with this!




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