Surrounded by Idiots

Surrounded by Idiots: The Four Types of Human Behaviour (or, How to Understand Those Who Cannot Be Understood)

Family & Relationships, Science, Study & Work, Smart Thinking, Non-Fiction
Paperback Published on: 30/07/2019
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Surrounded by Idiots
No way of understanding people is foolproof.
This is going to be a short review. It's a book that can really help you conceptualise how people think and interact with the world. No way of understan... READ MORE


Do you ever 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?

You are not alone. After a disastrous meeting with a highly successful entrepreneur, who was genuinely convinced he was 'surrounded by idiots', communication expert and bestselling author, Thomas Erikson dedicated himself to understanding how people function and why we often struggle to connect with certain types of people.

Originally published in Swedish in 2014 as Omgiven Av Idioter, Erikon's Surrounded by Idiots is already an international phenomenon, selling over 1.5 million copies worldwide, of which over 750,000 copies have been sold in Sweden alone. It offers a simple, yet ground-breaking method for assessing the personalities of people we communicate with - in and out of the office - based on four personality types (Red, Blue, Green and Yellow), and provides insights into how we can adjust the way(s) we speak and share information.

Erikson will help you understand yourself better, hone communication and social skills, handle conflict with confidence, improve dynamics with your boss and team, and get the best out of the people you deal with and manage. He also shares simple tricks on body language, improving written communication and advice on when to back away or when to push on, and when to speak up or indeed shut up. Packed with 'aha!' and 'oh no!' moments, Surrounded by Idiots will help you understand and influence those around you, even people you currently think are beyond all comprehension.

And with a bit of luck you can also be confident that the idiot out there isn't you!

  • Publisher: Ebury Publishing
  • ISBN: 9781785042188
  • Number of pages: 304
  • Weight: 220g
  • Dimensions: 196 x 126 x 19 mm

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Surrounded by Idiots
Better than expected
I was curious about the book but didn't expect very much. To my surprise it caught my attention right from the beginning. It is clear and easy to underst... READ MORE
Gudrun Berry
Surrounded by Idiots
Interesting read
It is quite a detailed and technical book, which I enjoyed. There may have been some tiny mind blowing discoveries but mostly, it is a common knowledge sho... READ MORE
Surrounded by Idiots
Good read but..
Good read but even as a guy I didn’t like how the author kept using “he, him, his”. I would have lost interest if I was a female.
Abiola Ifaloye
Surrounded by Idiots
Insight and affirmation of your gut feelings in one book
Cracking read and something I will be returning to again and again for reference. I defy anyone not to read this and have people they know pop into their h... READ MORE
Jacqueline Broddell
Surrounded by Idiots
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I found this a very interesting book, written in a entertaining way. I already read it, and I will apply it to my personal and professional relationships.
Leonela Mendes
Surrounded by Idiots
A very interesting read which makes the whole idea of people watching a great deal more fun
Surrounded by Idiots
Would give 0 stars if possible.
Written by a self-proclaimed behavioural specialist who shows no basic understanding of psychology whatsoever. He writes about people as if they behave lik... READ MORE
Shasta Stephens
Surrounded by Idiots
Everyone should read this book
Honestly this booked helped me a lot to understand people around me. Have struggled to get my point across many times.. turns out I am a lot of "red and bl... READ MORE
karen savegnago
Surrounded by Idiots
interesting read
Hi a very interesting read
Michele Prescott
Surrounded by Idiots
Interesting but a hard read
This book is really fascinating although, as a typical red I did think it was too long, it could be snappier. It’s very useful for work environments, hopef... READ MORE
Lorna Taverner
Surrounded by Idiots
Validating and interesting
Really interesting book, opened my eyes to why people act so differently to myself and why I feel I may struggle to (successfully) interact with certain in... READ MORE
Chloe Dixon