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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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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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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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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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  • Andreas
  • 2020-01-14

Good, but spare me the ending

I quite liked this book. Up until the final chapter. I am aware that the final chapter is to work as an author’s note with anecdotes and review, but that gave a very boring and uninteresting final impresson to an otherwise great listen.

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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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  • Salim
  • 2019-11-05

Exceptionally good

Thoroughly enjoyed this book and I can see many people I know in the different colors presented by the author. Great reference book of personality categorization.

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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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  • 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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  • Kelly
  • 2019-09-20

Worth the read to learn more about people!

I've heard of similar ways to explain behavior before, but this was a little different. Still, it was pretty accurate, and I could see people I knew in each of the colors. Definitely would recommend if you are looking to improve work relationships.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2019-08-15

Must Read Book

This book helps me to understand and communicate with others better. It is easy to understand and digest the main idea.