Scott Adams and "Loserthink" -- A Matter of Aptitudes?
I’m going to take an educated guess. Scott Adams likely has strong aptitudes for ideaphoria and foresight. This means that he’s able to generate a lot of ideas very easily, and that he’s able to see what will happen or what’s needed in the future. These aptitudes, plus his education and general knowledge of current events, have made his podcast, Coffee With Scott Adams, very popular since he predicted Donald Trump would win the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election.
As a fan of the podcast, I am not condemning Scott, but his recent coining of the term “Loserthink” seems misguided. It is easy for someone with strong aptitudes for both ideaphoria and foresight to think of others as short-sighted, dumb, and losers. Really. It’s because people who lack these aptitudes literally cannot imagine, even if they try, the things that people like Scott think about. Unfortunately, Scott doesn’t seem to know that these are aptitudes, and so he’s coined the word “loserthink” to label those who lack these aptitudes as losers. That’s unfair. (On the flip side, if you are a person who lacks these aptitudes, maybe you should consider that Scott’s ideas aren’t crazy.)
Aptitudes are abilities that we’re born with. If you are not born with a certain aptitude, you can work very hard to train yourself, but you will not even come close to someone who is born with the aptitude and doesn’t try. [Note: it is still important to gain knowledge and skills with your aptitudes, or else your aptitudes become useless and a source of frustration.] Furthermore, ideaphoria and foresight are distinct aptitudes, which means one without the other is less effective. Having both is powerful, and Scott has made a wildly successful career out of combining his aptitudes (and skills). He even wrote an inspiring book about skill stacking (we’d make an argument that what he thinks are skills are really skills + aptitudes that support such skills, but will have to save it for another post).
You can find out if you have the aptitudes for ideaphoria and foresight (among many other aptitudes) with the Johnson O’Connor Research Foundation. I took their 7 hour test, and was impressed with their analysis of the results.
The value of intensive aptitude testing, like the Johnson O’Connor test, is greater self-knowledge and greater understanding of others. [Parents, I highly recommend this test for understanding your children.] Where others fall short, you can see and forgive them for their mistakes. But maybe you can’t, because the ability to predict others’ aptitudes comes from analytical reasoning, an aptitude in itself, so if you score low there, you might not be able to see others’ strengths and weaknesses as clearly. I wouldn’t know. Yours truly scored very high in analytical reasoning, ideaphoria, and foresight. 🤷🏻