Even if you work from home, shop at supermarkets in the dead of night, and only go outside after making sure no one else is around for miles, sooner or later you’re going to run across a jerk. Instead of running for cover, you can stand your ground confidently if you use a handy dandy tool called Mental Floss.
Mental Floss is one of 12 tools found in theLittle Book of Big Jerks: Fast, Fun Illustrated Guide for Dealing with Difficult People. This post is an excerpt from the book. Enjoy!
What is Mental Floss?
Similar to dental floss but for the brain, mental floss cleans out built-up crud that’s been deposited by difficult people over time. Leave the crud to fester, and your mind’s deep pockets and crevices are subject to decay – or worse.
You could find yourself behaving as negatively as Nellie, as woefully as William, or begging for favors as vehemently as Gina.
How it Works:
Imagine a long, thin piece of floss that you insert in one ear and out the other. Grasp one end of the strand in each hand, pulling it back and forth several times while it’s stretched taut through your skull. Make a swishing sound for added effectiveness.
Your mental floss can be waxed or unwaxed, any flavor you like. Dispose of floss promptly after use so your pets don’t accidentally get ahold of it and choke.
Find the mental floss marvelously helpful? Check out 11 other tools for dealing with difficult people in Rynski’s Little Book of Big Jerks.
The following is an excerpt from the Little Book of Big Jerks to give you a sneak peek at the types of jerks you’ll meet inside the guide to dealing with difficult people.
Just like everything King Midas touched turn to gold, everything Woeful William touches turns to, well, crap. This guy is a magnet for really bad luck.
His roof leaks. His car stalls. His pants rip. His cat hates him. At one time you actually had sympathy for the chap until you read somewhere that people with woeful outlooks actually cause their own bad luck. Now you just feel like shaking him.
3 Giveaway Traits:
Inspired a record number of sad country songs
Has had a long lineup of pets that hated him, died tragically, or both
Always has an empty chair on either side of him at group lunches and dinners
How to Deal:
Leave at least two empty chairs between yourself and him.
How Else to Deal:
Check out the cool jerk-fighting tools in the Little Book of Big Jerks. Real-life solutions for dealing with real-life jerks.
The following is an excerpt from The Little Book of Big Jerks to give you a sneak peek at the types of jerks you’ll meet inside the guide to dealing with difficult people.
Argumentative Anna is an expert on everything, or so she thinks. And the first thing she knows is that whatever you know is wrong. It doesn’t matter that she never rode a horse, painted an awning or flown a plane, she’ll tell the cowboy his saddle is too tight, tell the awning painter the color is not right and tell the pilot he’s doing the landing thing all wrong.
3 Giveaway Traits:
Constantly barges in with her input, even if she has no idea about the topic at hand
Tells you you’re wrong, even if you happen to agree with her
Argues about things that have basis in scientific fact, like that silly idea about the earth being round