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Omgiven av idioter 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 bestselling author Thomas Erikson is here to help and will inform and entertain you in eual 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 easily and get the best out of the people you have to deal with – be it at work in public or at homeThomas Erikson guarantees that after reading 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 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 Erikson provides a plethora of anecdotal examples to illustrate each instance Of course being what I am personality wise I found this to be a bit too much chitchat in style but that also made me laugh since the book kinda was pointing out different strategies I found this a useful refresher course Childishly written as if speaking to toddlers Based on no science but the writer's own opinionsSo in brief Utter garbage Yep I'm a yellow And I have a story about it jkThis 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 how spot on the author is in his observations he did have help from an old Greek I imagined what might happen if we put this concept into our educational system starting with kindergarteners that was a hilarious day dream Give a kid a lego and see who heshe isWorth the read understanding it is not science but anything that gets us all to a less hostile work home community environment is a benefit 3 stars from me bam I mean it isn't bad for a Business Pop Psychology book It basically has four types of personality basically based on the four humors of ancient medicine You got Reds choleric Domineering and task oriented Basically Let's get down to business and cut to the chase basically most bosses You got Yellows sanguine life of the party and entertaining centers of attention people whose company I generally enjoy You got Greens phlegmatic Nice people who don't want to offend who go along get along but often just want to chill and not be rushed unfortunately that category has my name written all over it The last category is Blue melancholic? introverted logic nerds and perfectionists who have an eye for detail who have to have all their ducks in a row and can often be heard saying well actuallyI mean it is pop psychology and goes with a lot of people's intuitions This stuff while interesting is a little slippery and like anything else that tries to pigeon hole people results may vary Obviously the 4 type personality profiling or assessment has been uite popular for a very long time Hippocrates apparently kicked it off with his original 4 'temperaments'; Melancholic Sanguine Phlegmatic and Choleric It has subseuently been modernized eg into the oddly SM 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 Tarot sounding Winning from Within nomenclature; The Thinker The Dreamer The Warrior The Lover S Regardless of what you name them one underlying problem with dividing people into 4 different personality types is of course that no one is a pure 'type' This is readily acknowledged but oddly little discussed in the literature I've been in contact with including this book Another mistake in my opinion is the exclusion of group dynamics Very much is focused on teaching us how to handle a single person by determining his personality type and use the theories and 'methods' taught While I certainly admit that being made aware of someone else's view point is often an eye opener I don't always agree that the way to cope is to 'play along' If I happen upon a Red Choleric Dominant Warrior that disrupts the work in a team by screaming and intimidating my initial reflex is not to look in the book and find out how I can stroke his ego likely I'll strike him on top of his head with the book and tell him to behave like a decent person and not a spoiled kid I can imagine that tells you all you need to know to place me in my 'type' if you've read this bookThe personality type theory also has the drawback of colliding with many others which are happily and uncritically used As an example; early in this book the author speaks about learning and presents a model by Edgar Dale which can be summarized by saying that the active you are the you remember about what you were supposed to learn The passive end is reading and listening 10 20 % respectively the other end of the scale is dramatic presentation 90 % Now could this really be independent of one's personality type? I have troubles picturing something I would dread than dramatic presentation and I dare bet that the only thing about that ordeal I would remember is exactly how painful I thought it was Rest would probably be somewhere in a total blackout One part I appreciated was the discussion about how all the different types are needed and that the diversity actually works for the best; if everyone's a energetic entertainer who are they going to entertain? Or if all are driven leaders who is there to lead? Which I particularly liked since leadership is such a buzzword right now and I have actually gotten the response well everyone is responsible for leading themselves to that uestion What I liked less was the informal 'spoken language' type of narrative giving a somewhat flippant impression It doesn't help either with the many not all convincing examples of the types through anecdotes that contain people with suspiciously pure personality types Add to this some sloppy editing admittedly not a lot but still and the overall result feels shaky Even when the result sometimes are unintentionally funny Blue behavior Some basics to remember Blue persons 1 Keeps their distance 2 Either stands or sits 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 attention green people which are the most common are calm and good listeners and blue people are well organized and pay attention to detail Everyone is needed and the best group is consisting of all colors People critical to this would certainly claim that it’s difficult to categorize people but of course this method includes numerous variations and most people have than one color Another critical comment might be that dividing people into groups is something that should be prevented but Thomas Erikson doesn't value one uality than another he just states that we are all different This is just a way to understand each other We get to know the cause of conflicts and how best to treat them Of course this is not a totally waterproof method People are unpredictable and complicated The reality is always complexThe book a new edition is entertaining and useful both at work and in private life Everyone benefits from this because everyone we all use communication This psychologyself 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 uite 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 uite disconnected and a little bored after about 150 pages or so It's good if you are studying psychology for any courses Not so if you are looking for a general read 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 apealing to reader's imagination in author's mind Book describes 4 types of people as only possibilities that exist a person cannot be simply put in any of these groups this opinion could only be written by someone who did not actually read the book itself Author gives multiple examples of people being dual colors or having different elements of multiple colors in their personalities 4 types are about groups of features that every person is made of and they can be mixed in many different waysNow having that out of the way I can say that I had a few good laughs seeing different people that I know in colors' descriptions Stories from real life that author puts here and there are indeed very made up but they are only serving certain points so I guess they can be taken as metaphors There is nothing very new to the characteristics of 4 colors since it's based entirely on Hippocrates Author mentiones multiple ways to DEAL WITH them though which I've never read anywhere before Author has his own way of mentioning I am a proffesional I've worked in this field for 20 years now I give lectures and speeches on that topic and other show offy bits almost every chapter which might become irritating for some readersI would not recommend this book to anyone who had already read a lot of books on personalities types topic It won't bring you anything new To everybody else give it a go It has some useful and funny bits 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't useful but they are definitely not undisputed factsAll in all if you value examples and an easy and useful mental framework then this is for you If you want facts look elsewhere

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