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Surrounded by Idiots: The Four Types of Human Behavior and How to Effectively Communicate with Each in Business (and in Life)

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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 rub you the wrong way?

You are not alone. After a disastrous meeting with a highly successful entrepreneur, who was genuinely convinced he was 'surrounded by idiots', communi
Paperback, 304 pages
Published October 6th 2020 by St. Martin's Essentials (first published June 4th 2014)
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Sanja I don't agree with Petra, the book is not boring, it is interesting and I'd like to have it at home to "check" some people from time to time ;-)
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Feb 11, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I received this book as a christmas present, otherwise I would never have accepted it into my home. At first, I thought that even if it didn't present anything new, at least it could end up being an interesting read. It was not.

Judging by the tone of the writing, the author genuinely believes that he has revolutionized workplace psychology by rehashing four-temperament ensemble theories of human behavior into an unappetizing slurry of self-aggrandizing word casserole. Every little paragraph is f
Naomi Carter
UPDATE 2018::: om ni vill ha ytterligare anledningar till att sky den här soppan som pesten, läs den här artikeln:

Vilken vedervärdig jävla bok, och vilken vidrig, vidrig människa Thomas Eriksson verkar vara. Han verkar älska sig själv mer än något annat, varje sida skriker av hans självgodhet.

Hans sätt att skriva får det att koka i mig, att han tilltalar läsaren och är så fucking INFORMELL. T.ex:
Med risk för att låta klyshig - det handlar om att samarbet
Mar 01, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: other, paperback
First of all I would like to address some issues other reviewers had mentioned:
"This author thinks he discovered some brand new theory, when it's only choleric, melancholic, sanguine and phlegmatic once again" - this is VERY not true. Author actually mentions Hippocrates and his theory multiple times. And yes, this book is all about four temperaments theory, just portrayed as colors, which in my opinion was more apealing to reader's imagination in author's mind.

"Book describes 4 types of
Aug 22, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
Jostain kumman syystä minulla oli pakottava tarve antaa tälle kirjalle yksi tähti. Tajusin, että arviota olisi painanut alas kuitenkin vain jonkinlainen "minä tiedän paremmin"-fiilis, joten päätin antaa kaksi. Kirjassa kun on myös ihan järkeviä juttuja hattaran seassa. Alleviivaan vielä: kirjassa on siis hyvin paljon vääriä tietoja ja outoja väittämiä, mutta myös joitain hyviä kohtia.

Oma motivaationi kirjan lukemiselle kumpusi sen suosiosta Suomessa ja yritysmaailmassa. Minusta on hyvä olla tiet
Timo Kataja
Jan 12, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Childishly written, as if speaking to toddlers. Based on no science but the writer's own opinions.

So in brief: Utter garbage.
Easy to approach overview of human interrelations.

So if you've been exposed to Myers-Briggs or basic psychology then the breakdown into four types is not going to be difficult to grasp, at all. The value in this book is rather than it merely being a categorical reference it explains how to approach, give feedback, criticism, workflow, etc. for the different types. Generally, people grok those that are similar to themselves, but others who approach activity differently may be perplexing at times
Thomas Strömquist
Obviously, the 4-type personality profiling or assessment has been quite popular for a very long time. Hippocrates apparently kicked it off with his original 4 'temperaments'; Melancholic, Sanguine, Phlegmatic, and Choleric. It has subsequently been modernized, e.g. into the (oddly S&M associative) DISC (Dominance, Inducement, Submission, and Compliance) model. The one described in this book goes with colors instead, and I very much prefer that to the more Tarot-sounding "Winning from Within"-no ...more
Yep. I'm a yellow. And I have a story about it. . . . jk.

This book reminded me of all the ones that were thrown at us in the 80's, and the tests we were given to make sure our personality types were properly distributed throughout the office, and no one was allowed to shriek about moved cheese, because that was going to happen.

I did enjoy the mental process of putting all my co-workers, friends and families in their proper boxes. It was harder to recognize combos, and then hilarious to realize
Aug 04, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Konsult som presenterar enkla sanningar, en del baserat på forskning som redan är outdated. Jag tappade intresset halvvägs.

Fokuset ligger enbart på sälj kan jag poängtera också.
Viktor Nilsson
Jan 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Många recensenter klagar på barnsligt språk, självgodhet, generalisering, överdrifter, m.m. Jag ser ingen svaghet i något av det där - det är ju bara pedagogik! Författaren får gärna tala till mig som ett barn, för jag kunde inget i detta ämne. Vill du ha poesi och högtravande självömkan får du leta någon annan stans. Denna bok är:
+Lätt att läsa
+Lätt att förstå
+Ger väldigt mycket nyttig kunskap
+som är lätt att komma ihåg.

Det är populärvetenskap av det allra lättaste slaget. Jag lärde mig mycket
Olli Kopakkala
Sep 04, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Olipa ärsyttävä kirja. Kirjailijan kirjoitustyyli on raivostuttava. Tyyli toimii varmasti hyvin mainostekstissä, nettiländärillä tai lyhyessä blogissa. Kokonainen kirja tämmöisellä mukahauskalla ja itseriittoisella ruotsalaistyylillä oli kuitenkin liikaa. Näin mielessäni jatkuvasti Solsidanin Oven hymyilemässä ja naputtelemassa tätä loputonta vitsikirjaa.

Kirjan idea on lyhyesti tämä: Hippokrates lajitteli ihmiset neljään persoonallisuustyyppiin. Tämä ruotsalainen setä on keksinyt näille persoona
Jonas Hjalmar
Apr 10, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Jag har inget emot att en författare hittar på historier för att underbygga förenklade och falska förklaringsmodeller för att förklara något så komplext som andra människor. Det har människor gjort i tusentals år, vilket vi kan se i horoskop, religion, astrologi och andra former av underhållning.

Men när han påstår att det är baserat på ”forskning” och att han ska förklara ”vetenskapen bakom”, för att hänvisa till hittepå, pseudovetenskap (i bästa fall) och forskning den gamle serieskaparen Willi
Have you wondered why you sometimes need to be alone for a while with your thoughts? Or why you always have to be the center of attention? Why certain people are so careless and sloppy? Or why you are surrounded by idiots? Thomas Erikson is explaining all this. He uses a known method to sort differences in communication and categorize people into four different groups, or personality types. Red people are impatient and focused on results, yellow people are positive and need to be the center of a ...more
Feb 24, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The most useful takeaway from the book is that there are different types of people. You need to adapt to that and treat people differently. The framework that the book uses to classify people is perhaps best thought of as an example of how you could group different people. It is in no way the only or best way to classify people. The book has zero references to scientific studies and instead focuses on the personal experiences of one individual. That doesn't mean that the book and the ideas aren' ...more
Alice (Married To Books)
This psychology/self-help book is claimed to prove better communications and understanding of different kinds of human behaviour. It's a huge bestseller in the author's home country of Sweden and now, it's making waves here in the UK too. To be honest, right now, the title seems quite appropriate for the current situations. However, this was a straight-up read filled with real-life examples and traits examined under four different colours. At first, this did read well. However, I started to feel ...more
Jul 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It was a very interesting read. I enjoyed the fact that I could see myself in the different colors. I definitely recommend this one!
Johan Hereora Hummerhielm

Man märker tydlig att boken är skriven av en gul person. Om man nu ens kan vara bara _en_ enda färg. Osannolikt, om du frågar mig. Därav faller hela bokens rätt kassa och tjatiga premiss för min del.

Det är som att författaren lider av palilali: konstanta upprepningar av samma sak - om och om igen.

Hans "observationsstudier" låter mer eller mindre som att han själv hittat på dem. Visst har jag säkert fel, men de låter så otroligt osannolika då jag personligen aldrig någonsin träffat en helt röd, g

Den andra stjärnan är för en intressant modell, i övrigt hade jag väldigt svårt att läsa den här boken.

Språket är väldigt pratigt och blir både svårt att ta sig igenom och svårt att ta på allvar. Min teori är att Erikson egentligen ville skriva ett föreläsningsmanus istället för en faktiskt bok. Boken innehåller otroligt många utfyllningsmeningar som bara borde höra hemma i talspråk, och det gjorde boken väldigt seg att läsa.

Det är även knappt någon fakta i boken. Allt verkar handla om personlig
Joakim Ljungren
Feb 22, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Författaren är en övergeneraliserande narcissist som inbillar sig att relationer handlar om att sälja och manipulera snarare än empati. Jag förstår inte heller hur modellen för att kategorisera människor i olika personlighetsgrupper ska fungera när man kan vara så gott som en blandning av alla färger. Hur man sedan ska lära sig bemöta människor enligt dessa ”mallar” tolkar jag som ett naivt tillkortakommande.

Jag kan känna igen karaktärsdrag som beskrivs i boken hos enskilda individer i samtliga
Thomas Edmund
May 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm not usually into personality classifications, they always seem little more than astrology type Barnum descriptions, but what is good about Erikson's book is that he doesn't overdo trying to classify people so much as provide useful advice for dealing with each behaviour pattern.

So even if you don't buy into ideas of people being any particular type you can still use each piece of advice to address a particular situation, e.g. if someone is acting like a 'red' you can still use Erikson's advi
Temi Panayotova
Jun 21, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Привет, пандишпанчета!

Наскоро приключих една много интересна книга и исках да споделя кратко мнение за нея и в блога, защото ми беше доста интересна за прочит.
В последните години такива психологически книги с наблюдения са ми станали безкрайно интересни за четене и нямаше как да подмина „Заобиколени от идиоти“ на Томас Ериксон.
Имайте на предвид, че книгата е доста бизнес ориентирана и примерите вътре определено го подсказват. Въпреки всичко, дайте ѝ шанс и
Dilyana Deneva
Mar 28, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Книгата предизвиква усмивка още с провокативното си заглавие, но моето ведро усещане не секна и докато четях. "Заобиколени от идиоти" е много полезно четиво за хората, които обичат да анализират работния си процес и по-точно частта с комуникацията в него (съгласете се - ключова за успех от всеки вид). Написана увлекателно и с чувство за хумор, тя дава много ясна структура, която да следваме в професионалното си общуване. Фокусът на книгата е поставен почти изцяло върху бизнес взаимоотношенията, ...more
Evelina | AvalinahsBooks
Definitely very interesting and very easy to read, although I feel like this book was more of an intro into the types rather than how to proceed to communicate better with everyone. I think the author has written more books on this though, so that's probably why. Either way, worth a read.
Miikka Häyrinen
Jan 25, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Wow, do not waste your time with this book. If you want to learn something fact-based about human behaviour, look someplace else.

From the very first page I was sceptical. Nothing in the book seemed to make sense when assessed through my previous knowledge of psychology, persuasion or what affects decision making. Or what makes a team work. The categorization in to four groups seemed to cut too many corners, even though the different colours Erikson uses can mix in one person. I set out do some r
Wissam Raji
Jul 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A great book about the different kinds of personalities and how can one kind be misunderstood by another. The four kinds starting with the dominant positive red personality, to the cheerful positive enthusiastic yellow one, to the silent routine blue analytic personality ending with the selfless green personality. The author give examples of these personalities and which personalities go along while others clash. Highly recommended read.
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Chameleon Bay
Jul 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
En jotenkin osannut päättää neljän ja viiden tähden välillä, mutta sitten meni niin hermo tämän kirjan saamiin huonoihin arvosteluihin että päätin vääristää käyrää lyömällä sen viisi. Itse ainakin viihdyin valtavan hyvin, ja vaikka kirjoitustyyli olikin paikoittain ärsyttävä, (ruotsikeskeinen) ja yliyksinkertaistava, arvostin kuitenkin kirjan keveyttä ja kansantajuisuutta.

Ihmiset täällä tuntuvat argumentoivan, että malli on liian yksinkertainen ja että kukaan ei mahdu näin ahtaisiin raameihin -
Jun 18, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
John de' Medici
Feb 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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 Mar
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