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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)
Written by: Thomas Erikson
Narrated by: David John
Length: 10 hrs and 29 mins
Categories: Business & Money, Careers
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A runaway best seller in Sweden that has sold more than a million copies worldwide, Surrounded by Idiots shares a groundbreaking new method of understanding the people around you that will change how you interact with everyone from your coworkers to your spouse.   

Author Thomas Erikson explains that there are four key behavior types that define how we interact with and perceive the people around us. Understanding someone’s pattern of behavior is the key to successful communication. Erikson breaks down the four kinds of behavior types - Reds who are dominant and commanding, Yellows who are social and optimistic, Greens who are laid back and friendly, and Blues who are analytical and precise - and explains how to identify and interact with each type of person. Instead of being bogged down with overly technical categorizations, the simple four color system allows you to speedily identify a friend or coworker and adjust how you speak and share with them.   

Surrounded by Idiots is full of practical information for interacting with people based on their color, including the strengths and weaknesses of all the profiles, how to give positive and negative feedback to each, and the best way to word an email when writing to someone with a different profile.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2019 Text copyright by Thomas Erikson; Foreword copyright by David Bonnstetter (P)2019 Penguin Audio

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Aha moment for a Red like me

I learned I was 100% red in this book and WHY I feel the way I do about so many of the "Idiots" I'm surrounded by. Really great read and I found myself laughing along at how spot on the characteristics of each colour are - especially my own. Highly recommend this book if you want a better inside look into the thoughts and minds of the people around you and how to better deal with different personality traits in your family, friend group and work place.

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An Interesting Perspective

I've read several other books along the same lines as this (Zimbardo's Time Perspective Inventory, Sally Hogshead's Fascinate, etc) and completed other personality tests (ex: Myers Briggs), so this slots into the same ballpark. I found this one a bit odd in that it essentially defines four personality types and references them by colour, but then people are one colour dominant, and a second colour to a lesser extent. When describing the personality traits, I couldn't think of anyone, or myself for that matter, that slotted nicely into the categories - it just didn't have that 'a-ha' feeling of really articulating something like other similar resources have. Not a bad book by any means, but not the first I'd recommend if others were looking for some direction on personality types / work relationships etc.

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Wisdom that makes your life livable

1. Before being aloud to become a teacher i should have learned this.
2. Have kids learn this before middle school age so they know how to treat opposite personalities would eliminate bullying and make our population get along
3. Should be mandatory before marriage or raising children.

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Unique Way to See the People Around You.

And a unique way to see yourself. Should give you something to think about. Worth a listen.

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Makes you think

when you listen to this. think about you as a person and you weaknesses. you will be amazed how the new knowledge will force you to work with others in a new way, and it will work. if you are honest with your self that is.

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Phenomenal book. Minor technical concern.

Book was fantastic! Really enjoyed it and helped me think.

Poor rating is only because the chapters on audivle don’t align with the one wirh words. For example, audible started chapter 12 on the audio. But the display showed chapter 11 and was only a few minutes later

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  • Ieshia
  • 2019-10-04

Best Book Ever

This is literally the best book that I have ever read but not read. I actually didn’t believe that I would like Audible. But this made me sold on the system. I absolutely LOVE this book. And I know I loved it because I recommended it not only to family and friends, but even the service rep at ATT while we were sitting on the phone waiting for tech support. Then told her that the entire ATT company she worked at needed to listen to it. It is amazing in helping you to understand self and other people and know how to deal with the two.

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  • Chris Schroeder
  • 2020-04-18

The insights of personality profile

I had to disagree greatly on this depiction of personality’s.. and it’s dangerous with Red’s- since most are Narcissistic in nature- which ARE extremely dangerous in people’s lives.... whether friend, significant other, boss, or xo-worker. “Red’s” are malicious in many cases. Human behaviors can be dangerous.... and the author stated otherwise... concepts of Red’s lack empathy and compassion.... dangerous to other humans on so many levels. Picking colors for people’s personalities was too simple.... and not comprehensive enough to explain how to handle or understand them.

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  • Yahia shawkat
  • 2020-01-27

More colors?

I liked the book. While reading it, some people in real life crossed my mind as different colors. My only concern that I can be any of these colors depends on the situation/time/environment. But its really helpful to understand different type of people even if the rule doesn't apply 100% on them.

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  • fishingforstuff
  • 2019-11-26

Amazing!

Even though I have read several books such as the color code and how to Win friends and influence people to understand individual things that someone does has seriously help me understand different people at my work I love this book! You would highly recommend it to anyone wanting to understand people there so shit with

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  • D. Bentley
  • 2019-10-02

Good book. performance a little off

Great content. the audio had some background noise in the later chapters that made it a little less enjoyable. But I really liked the book.

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  • Noel
  • 2020-06-28

Nothing ground breaking

Honestly this is just another generic anaylzarion of human behaviour. I was expecting something more around breaking from the hype. Didn't help me at all.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2020-06-16

Good book with a great narrator

I am glad i came across this book. It has been my first audio experience and it was tremendously enjoyable. It is now the reason i will use this method as my source of future self-help books.

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  • A.A.
  • 2020-06-14

Makes sense

It is what it is. If you're in a supervisory position & need some kind of guidance about behavior & other psychological crap then this book will break it down to whom you're dealing with, and what their deal is. Moral of the story, this book ultimately wants you to convey messages to them in THEIR language, otherwise, you'll always have friction & disagreement amongst each other. People are more willing to comply when you don't necessarily stoop up or down to their level, but you simply talk to them on the same energetic level.

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  • Christina
  • 2020-05-28

Excellent high level view on ourselves and others

Not only was the content very well put and introspective, the narration was brilliant! All around great listen!

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  • ZMassad
  • 2020-05-16

this could have been a great book

the first half the book was useless redundant repetition. more useful meat in the second half but overall it failed to avoid being another consultant written book that brags about their method without getting into the needed details. further - I only discovered the PDFs by coincidence after finishing the book. there was no active referencing to PDF content that would've made things easier to trace and understand. I don't recall there was a mention of the PDF.

further - another common problem with several audiobooks recording - the audio volume is low. making it harder to listen to this in an outdoor environment or airplane.