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Surrounded by Idiots

The Four Types of Human Behaviour (or, How to Understand Those Who Cannot Be Understood)
Narrated by: David John
Length: 10 hrs and 29 mins
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Summary

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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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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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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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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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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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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Very interesting

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

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Couldn’t listen to it anymore

The narrator is sooo droney couldn’t be bothered to listen to any more and it’s an old book re hashed that is in no way inspiring. Couldn’t be bothered to listen past first chapter and wasted a book credit on this.

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why didn't I read it sooner ?

what a brilliant book, I recognised myself straight away, it was spot on, and had definitely made me look at the people I tend to clash with or avoid in situations because of their "colour " personality, and I will approach them in a different way. I certainly think anyone who reviewed this book as "too long, could have got to the point quicker.." must be a red! 😂 I loved the book, very Interesting indeed.

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excelente, entretenido

Sirve a aquellos a quienes siempre se intrigan e interesam por saber mas acerca del comportamiento humano,.No siento que sea determinante todo lo que dice, pero nos acerca algumas veces a comportamientos que no nos parecen del todo ajenos a lo que empíricamente hemos comprobado

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Rudimentary and archaic

Very old fashioned approach to gendering the subject as well as basic overall concept. Do not be tricked by the description

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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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