Summary of How to Tell If You’re a Jerk

Looking for the article?
We have the summary! Get the key insights in just 5 minutes.

How to Tell If You’re a Jerk summary
Start getting smarter:
or see our plans


7 Overall

7 Importance

7 Innovation

8 Style


Everyone can be a “jerk” sometimes, but some people are better at it than others. Author, blogger and philosophy professor Eric Schwitzgebel takes a light-hearted look at the weighty and familiar personality commonly known as a jerk. Schwitzgebel shares insightful anecdotes backed by academic studies to define what makes someone a jerk, to explain the mind-set of jerks and to help everyone reduce their level of “jerkitude.” getAbstract recommends this article to readers who suspect they might not be as lovable as they hope.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How “jerks” look at the world around them,
  • How to become self-aware of the jerk you might be and
  • How to reduce jerk responses in life.

About the Author

Eric Schwitzgebel is an author and professor of philosophy at the University of California, Riverside. He blogs at The Splintered Mind and his latest book is Perplexities of Consciousness.



Since being a “jerk” isn’t “straightforwardly observable” or “evaluatively neutral,” it is difficult to know if you are one. In you’re trying to become more self-aware, and consequently change any negative behaviors you identify, knowing if and how much of a jerk you are presents a serious challenge. After all, no one wants to admit that they’re “self-important.” Furthermore, there are many different ways to be a jerk, so it’s a difficult trait to define succinctly.

What makes matters worse is that traits of jerks match some...

More on this topic

Customers who read this summary also read

Life-Hacks of the Poor and Aimless
How to Let Go of Your (Irrational) Workplace Paranoia Once and For All
5 Principles for Making Better Life Decisions
How Happy People Complain
We Made These 10 Social Media Mistakes So You Don’t Have To
The Mindsets of a Leader

Related Channels

Comment on this summary