[Ads-l] loser mentality, - mindset

ADSGarson O'Toole adsgarsonotoole at GMAIL.COM
Sat Jan 18 23:15:15 UTC 2020

Dr. Thomas Boslooper and Marcia Hayes wrote a book titled "The
Femininity Game". While visiting cities and promoting the book
Boslooper applied the phrase "loser mentality" to women who
deliberately allowed themselves to be defeated in competitions with

Date: October 23, 1973
Newspaper: The Indianapolis News
Newspaper Location: Indianapolis, Indiana
Article:  Ladies, Step Into The Ring And Come Out 'Fighting'!
Author: Margaret Moore
Quote Page 9, Column 4
Database: Newspapers.com

[Begin excerpt]
Dr. Boslooper points with dismay to the frustration and malaise among
women who only recently have become aware of their perpetuation of the
loser mentality. The book contains interviews with these women and
with successful ones across the country.
[End excerpt]

Date: October 30, 1973
Newspaper: Des Moines Tribune
Newspaper Location: Des Moines, Iowa
Article: Former lowan Talks About Femininity
Author: Mary Kay Shanley
Quote Page 12, Column 4 and 5
Database: Newspapers.com

[Begin excerpt]
"What we're doing is perpetuating a loser mentality," he says. "We're
saying that the only way a woman can win is to be submissive to the
[End excerpt]

The third citation below does not involve Boslooper.

Date: March 31, 1974
Newspaper: New York Sunday News
Newspaper Location: New York, New York
Section: New York News Magazine
Article: The Liberated Woman
Author: Mary Reinholz
Quote Page 52, Column 2
Database: Newspapers.com

[Begin excerpt]
Bonnie Lobel, one of the organizers of the recent "Win with Women"
political fund-raiser at the Four Seasons in Manhattan, provided a
sensible strategy for females to combat the "loser" mentality.

"Loserism," she said, "is when oppressed people sit around trying to
figure out how they can't do something. We say do it. It's the job of
the establishment to figure out what we can't do."
[End excerpt]


On Sat, Jan 18, 2020 at 3:25 PM Dan Goncharoff <thegonch at gmail.com> wrote:
> Google Books has a snippet view of Time magazine vol. 107 from 1976 with a
> paragraph heading in caps "That Loser Mentality"
> DanG
> On Sat, Jan 18, 2020 at 12:58 PM Jonathan Lighter <wuxxmupp2000 at gmail.com>
> wrote:
> > Not in OED.
> >
> > Earliest?:
> >
> >
> > 1978 _Plain Dealer_  (Oct. 4) 7-D: This no time for greed; [furthermore,]
> > this is no time for a loser's mentality.
> >
> > 1983 _Plain Dealer_ (Oct. 30) 2-B: The current debate over a new, domed
> > stadium for the Indians is disturbing in that the arguments for the
> > proposed facility are so symptomatic of the loser mentality which
> > continues to grip the northeast Ohio sports community.
> >
> > 1988 _New Realities _ IX 88 [unverified]: Attract super-success by
> > transforming your 'loser mindset.' Even fight disease by focusing your
> > natural mind powers on wellness. How can it do all this? EEG studies
> > conducted on firewalking Yogis and Zen Monks reveal that when they reach
> > ...
> >
> >
> > JL
> >
> >
> >
> >
> > --
> > "If the truth is half as bad as I think it is, you can't handle the truth."
> >
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> >
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