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Surrounded by Idiots

The Four Types of Human Behaviour (or, How to Understand Those Who Cannot Be Understood)
Written by: Thomas Erikson
Narrated by: David John
Length: 10 hrs and 29 mins
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Do you ever look around you and think you’re the only one making any sense? Or tried to reason with your partner with disastrous results? Do long, rambling answers drive you crazy? Or does your colleague’s abrasive manner get your back up? Do you ever get the feeling you’re surrounded by idiots? 

You are not alone. Swedish behavioural scientist and runaway best-selling author Thomas Erikson is here to help, and will inform and entertain you in equal measure. Available in English for the first time, Surrounded by Idiots presents his simple model based on four personality types (Red, Blue, Green and Yellow). When you understand the psychology of each you can adapt your communication style to handle anyone more easily and get the best out of the people you have to deal with - be it at work, in public or at home.  

Thomas Erikson guarantees that after listening to this book the number of idiots around you will be drastically reduced and you will have a better understanding of everyone around you. With a bit of luck you can also be confident that the idiot out there is not you!

©2019 Thomas Erikson (P)2019 Penguin Audio

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  • Anonymous User
  • 21-08-19

wrong title, liked the book a lot, learned a lot

read all but was hoping to learn how to deal with idiots not different people

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  • Doug Major
  • 10-09-19

Repetitive and simplistic.<br />No Insights or growth

As above.
Not worth it unless you have never heard of the possibility some people have a different perspective or personality to you or others.

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  • J Collins
  • 27-10-19

Useful information poorly presented

The book is is presented in an unabridged format, much to its detriment. There are sections consisting of tables of information, or emails which are read out as if a text to speak engine was set to work.

The overall message becomes repetitive and it’s easy to lose focus in the discussion.

There are some great ideas and insights through the book , although these are often lost due to the style of the writing compounded by the presentation.

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  • Mr k c joyce
  • 31-10-19

rubbish

a big con 5his one,

would NOT recommend boring as drying paint

I cant even think of fifteen words to write the review with..

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  • Madison Paz
  • 03-10-19

Fascinating book

I already knew about the DISC classification but this book is rich in details, examples and situations.
Also you can easily identify your personality type and the challenges you might face.

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  • Routini
  • 27-02-20

Dreadfully banal

I have listened to 30 Audiobooks so far in 2020, and never do I feel moved to write a review - especially a damning one, since effort goes into every book and every book surely has its readers (so what's the point in rubbishing one because it happens not to suit your taste?). But honestly, this book is so genuinely dreadful and banal that I can't help myself. It's completely devoid of any insight - to the extent that I honestly wondered if the book's title was a mickey take, and the author knew he was surrounded by idiots he could persuade to buy anything.

Save yourself the time and money: just Imagine a collection of star sign platitudes, give each collection a colour to simplify them, and then expand at length to try to convince people that there is actually a case to be made for such absurd pigeon-holing.

How it's an international bestseller is literally anyone's guess. Amazing.

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  • Rich
  • 11-03-20

Snake Oil

this book has very little to say, most of it being pseudoscience, and takes far too long to say it. It is also written in a style that feels more like a sales pitch for a tool than an attempt to convey a psychological theory that might be of interest in its own right. Again this is quite possibly because the author is indeed trying to sell the idea that his four personality types have some psychological validity which sadly they don't.

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  • John Maboko
  • 01-03-20

A Must-Read!

The first thing that draws you (at least that drew me) to this book is the title itself. Gotta give an A to whoever came up with it. The book however has much to do with the subtitle than with the title - "The Four Types of Human behaviour".


The author uses the DISC behavioral  assessment tool to categorize human behaviour or personality traits, DISC standing for: Dominance (D), Influence (I), Steadiness (S) and Conscientiousness (C). The tool is based on theories from the psychologist William Marston.


First though, let's address the elephant in the room, human behaviour and humans are unbelievably complex and any attempt to form a categorization is apt to raise a few eyebrows. The author though does acknowledge this, and offers in my opinion a reasonable account of the DISC model.


To make the learning process easier, the author uses colors for the four types of human behaviour: Red, Yellow, Green and Blue. The traits are roughly based on Hippocrates famous personality traits: Choleric, Sanguine, Phlegmatic and Melancholic.


He spends a good amount on each color, highlighting their perceived strengths, observed weaknesses and what stresses them. More importantly he goes into detail on the interaction between each color and the other, how the actions of one color can be perceived by the other, but also how to handle the challenges that come with these differences in a group.


The book brought me a great deal amount of audible laughter in the moments I was reading about a particular color, and suddenly recognition hit as I recalled a person in my life. My memory was taken to instances where I had challenges dealing with a particular person, but now I deeply understood what was at play. More importantly however it opened my awareness to how my behavior can be perceived by others, leaving room for improvement in my interactions.


I can't recommend enough this wonderful book.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-08-19

Great book for anyone interested in team dynamics!

well written and narrated book (although recommend speeding it up to 1.25% speed, slow talker!)

I feel that it helped me get a higher level understanding of both work/and private relations!

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  • Emma Sayed
  • 07-08-19

Very interesting

Found this very interesting and has given me a fresh look at others . Simple to follow and understand .

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  • 05-04-20

Insightful.

I loved this book. I couldn't go a page without applying the information I was getting to someone I've interacted with before and I've started to apply what I've learnt into my everyday interactions. So interesting and insightful worth the read or listen for anyone who comes in contact with other people. Top-notch.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 18-11-19

Fantastic

This was an absolute eye opener. I’m studying coaching and although I will not be going into business realm it really helped. Fascinating. And something I will now put into practise every single day. Great read. Can’t recommend enough. Thank you.

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  • Chuck
  • 02-12-19

Simplistic nonsense written by an idiot'

Trying to put 7 billion people into 4x categories and publishing it is no less than stupid than all the flat earthers sniffing glue while drunk.
Of the thousands of people of met in 63 countries ive been to who all have traits of most of the 4 colors in different ways this book is no better than the Star sign page in a cheap newspaper.
Don't waste your time listening to the judgemental nonsense.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 31-03-20

An 'everyone should read' book

Communication is key in the human experience, and no time like now to understand it!