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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 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’, 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. Surrounded by Idiots is an international phenomenon, selling over 1.5 million copies worldwide. 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 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, advice on when to back away or when to push on, and when to speak up or shut up. Packed with ‘aha!’ and ‘oh no!’ moments, Surrounded by Idiots will help you understand and communicate with 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!


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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 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’, 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. Surrounded by Idiots is an international phenomenon, selling over 1.5 million copies worldwide. 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 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, advice on when to back away or when to push on, and when to speak up or shut up. Packed with ‘aha!’ and ‘oh no!’ moments, Surrounded by Idiots will help you understand and communicate with 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!

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

  1. 5 out of 5

    Charlie

    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 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 frustratingly presented as some sort of divine insight into how humans truly work, peppered with various anecdotes very obviously constructed to strengthen the point the author is presenting. That point being, "there are four types of humans at any given workplace, and this is how you handle them". There is no room given for, you know, actual human nature or the complexities of personality and relationships. The author would have the reader believe that we are all just, on a basic level, different configurations of traits that can be handled easily by following certain steps... and most importantly, that you will be a successful human being if you take this all to heart and master it. The author promises that the reader will have learned something new by the time they have finished reading. All I picked up was that these days, it's really easy to hawk an idea and have a book published if you're a skilled salesperson who loves the sound of your own voice. Don't mistake this author for an authority. He is a salesperson selling you a repackaged idea. If you are in need of ways to improve workplace relationships, I would suggest you speak with someone actually qualified on the topic.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Katarzyna

    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 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 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 more about groups of features that every person is "made of", and they can be mixed in many different ways. Now, 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 readers. I 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.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Timo Kataja

    Childishly written, as if speaking to toddlers. Based on no science but the writer's own opinions. So in brief: Utter garbage. Childishly written, as if speaking to toddlers. Based on no science but the writer's own opinions. So in brief: Utter garbage.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Vivian

    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 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.

  5. 5 out of 5

    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 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"-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 - more 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 book. The 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 more active you are, the more 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 more 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 question.   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."

  6. 5 out of 5

    Moonkiszt

    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 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 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 he/she is! Worth 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*!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Oskar

    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' 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 facts. All in all, if you value examples and an easy and useful mental framework then this is for you. If you want facts, look elsewhere.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Linda

    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 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 more 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 quality more 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 more complex. The 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.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Miikka Häyrinen

    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 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 research and well, surprise surprise, there is really very little basis for this kind of an assessment in the first place. As Magnus Lindwall, a professor of psychology at the University of Gothenburg has commented, the book is “no more scientific than a horoscope”. As it turns out, the book is based on a DISC assessment system, which was invented in the 1920s. To provide perspective, back then Freud was still around and those who have studied psychology know what today's psychology thinks about his theories. What is that then? Well, it has been proven that he was wrong about most everything. His research and methods have become outdated after scientific development. The same thing has happened with the DISC assessment that Erikson bases this book on. As the Swedish psychologist Jonas Hjalmar blom has commented: “the theories behind this book have been outdated for a long time and it should not be used by professionals” We are talking about psychology preceding WWII for crying out loud. Even the author himself has commented to the criticism on his blog: “…there are no facts in my book.” Still the book undisputedly mixes behavioural science with pseudo-science and therefore misleads the reader. So, HR people, if you thought you have found the next best thing, you have not. Most likely by applying the thinking and methods of this book, you will miss opportunities. As said, the psychology side of the book is a swindle, and unfortunately, the book is not saved by good narration. The description of the different colours, representing different kinds of individuals, ranges e.g. from their values, decision making and conflict management to things like “blue people are quality-conscious, like the Japanese engineers working at Toyota”. I mean, this is so far from how decision making actually works, I don’t have enough time to even address everything that is wrong with it. The text itself bounces from one thing to another, because the skeleton for which this book is constructed on is crooked and fragile like it would have had osteoporosis its entire life. This is for the simple fact, that because it is not based on any actual research, it has no distinguishable red line which a conscious and critically thinking reader could follow. Finally, if you want to learn about the subjects of which this tragicomic presentation claims to be a true authority of, I urge you to consider some of the following titles and save yourself from a good 8-10 hours of lost lifetime. Philosophy: 5 Major Pieces to the Life Puzzle The Slight Edge 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos Practical psychology: Thinking, Fast and Slow (This tells how decision making actually works) How to Win Friends and Influence People Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion Teamwork: The Five Dysfunctions of a Team: a Leadership Fable The 17 Indisputable Laws of Teamwork: Embrace Them

  10. 5 out of 5

    BookAholic12

    It was a very interesting read. I enjoyed the fact that I could see myself in the different colors. I definitely recommend this one!

  11. 5 out of 5

    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 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 quite 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!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Thomas Edmund

    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 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 advice on giving feedback or managing that situation.

  13. 5 out of 5

    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. 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.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Wissam Raji

    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.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Bassant Amir

    One of the best reads! And not the kind of nonfiction to be read and put on a shelf, you’ll probably need to go back to it! I have to admit that I misinterpreted many people and that this book helped me alot in understanding them more. And honestly I can’t stop trying to sort people out now!!!!!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Jay

    First of all, human behaviour is extremely complex (and the result of so many internal/external factors) that no one will every be able to accurately categorise it all. Having said that, I personally love personality tests and shoving myself into little boxes: from Myers-Briggs (INFP here) to Buzzfeed quizzes (if I were a baked potato I'd just have a plain cheese topping apparently) to Hogwarts Houses (Gryffindor) I find it entertaining to see where I fit. But that is the magic word here: entert First of all, human behaviour is extremely complex (and the result of so many internal/external factors) that no one will every be able to accurately categorise it all. Having said that, I personally love personality tests and shoving myself into little boxes: from Myers-Briggs (INFP here) to Buzzfeed quizzes (if I were a baked potato I'd just have a plain cheese topping apparently) to Hogwarts Houses (Gryffindor) I find it entertaining to see where I fit. But that is the magic word here: entertaining, because none of these should ever be taken seriously. I'm never going to hire anyone based on the result of such tests, I'm never going to pick my partner or friendship group based on such tests. And if someone attempted to do it to me, I'd suggest professional help. Surrounded by Idiots is another subjective take on categorising people with a lot of anecdotes and the author's own opinions, but without concrete research or citations. Based on Erikson's system I'm a strong Green with hints of Blue. My dad is a super Red. My mum and sister would also be Greens. One of my coworkers is a definite Yellow. As long as I looked at it as "entertainment" and gently pondered about what colour my other loved ones would fit under, it was fun. Just fun, nothing more. Unfortunately this is where the book let me down - the author disagreed with my lighthearted opinion on the matter. He came across as someone who believed this all to be cold hard facts with very little wiggle room, you HAD to fit into one or two of these and it was even a helpful way to predict what kind of person you would be in the workplace or in your personal life. I very strongly disagree and I got a little tired wrestling with him on that, it really affected my enjoyment by the end. Also, some of the examples he's used as proof for different traits also seemed to be a smidge too convenient and I'm sure he's made a few of them up. Still an interesting read and I definitely see why people keep buying it in my shop. Thank you loads to NetGalley and Random House for the ARC!!

  17. 5 out of 5

    John de' Medici

    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 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 Marston. First though, let's address the elephant in the room, human behaviour and humans are unbelievably complex and any attempt to form a categorization is apt to raise a few eyebrows. The author though does acknowledge this, and offers in my opinion a reasonable account of the DISC model. To make the learning process easier, the author uses colors for the four types of human behaviour: Red, Yellow, Green and Blue. The traits are roughly based on Hippocrates famous personality traits: Choleric, Sanguine, Phlegmatic and Melancholic. He spends a good amount on each color, highlighting their perceived strengths, observed weaknesses and what stresses them. More importantly he goes into detail on the interaction between each color and the other, how the actions of one color can be perceived by the other, but also how to handle the challenges that come with these differences in a group. The book brought me a great deal amount of audible laughter in the moments I was reading about a particular color, and suddenly recognition hit as I recalled a person in my life. My memory was taken to instances where I had challenges dealing with a particular person, but now I deeply understood what was at play. More importantly however it opened my awareness to how my behavior can be perceived by others, leaving room for improvement in my interactions. I can't recommend enough this wonderful book. A Must-Read!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Becca

    I definitely laughed out loud many many times whilst reading this book, especially when recognising myself and people I know within it. Firstly I'm defo yellow/green. It was so amusing to see a mix of my strengths and weaknesses written down on a page, or to see myself in others interviewed or described in this book. It was also so so funny to recognise people I work with, and my boyfriend (blue/red, yet we get on so well, but I always said if we worked together we would hate each other). Honest I definitely laughed out loud many many times whilst reading this book, especially when recognising myself and people I know within it. Firstly I'm defo yellow/green. It was so amusing to see a mix of my strengths and weaknesses written down on a page, or to see myself in others interviewed or described in this book. It was also so so funny to recognise people I work with, and my boyfriend (blue/red, yet we get on so well, but I always said if we worked together we would hate each other). Honestly would be great to have a giant book on people who are more than one colour! Since most people are. I really liked the interviews with people of different colours and seeing their responses, because it was so colour stereotypical. And the final story about people of the same colour working together in the same group is super easy to relate to. I did a similar exercise once and with similar results. Really, the book emphasises the importance of personality diversity when solving problems, but also the need for good emotional intelligence to understand how others approach issues. (I really wish not every generic person was referred to as 'he', but at least the author acknowledges this in his intro).

  19. 5 out of 5

    Sol

    It seems a intresting book that will guide you to different -color- presonalities however this author is full of himself! I lost intrest half way. Lack of objective approach and seriously dont bother!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Nikki Norell

    Entertaining but let's be honest here: it's garbage! People are more complicated than this and the author seems to find it difficult to separate lies from truth, much like the yellow people he describes in his simplified theory. Entertaining but let's be honest here: it's garbage! People are more complicated than this and the author seems to find it difficult to separate lies from truth, much like the yellow people he describes in his simplified theory.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Marilyn Mansilla

    Not worth the hype at all!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Yvette

    main thing i've learned is that it's good to pause to consider ppl's motivations before writing them off as idiots when you dgi. main thing i've learned is that it's good to pause to consider ppl's motivations before writing them off as idiots when you dgi.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Amina Mirsakiyeva

    "Great" stereotypical book :/ "Great" stereotypical book :/

  24. 5 out of 5

    Juuso

    Somewhat entertaining, but relies on overly simplistic stereotypes. Also, the theory behind the categorisation is not exactly on the bleeding edge of modern behavioral sciences.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Jamie

    Absolute drivel. Unfinishable.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Demoness Tenebrae

    I am giving a short review in English and Croatian / Kratak osvrt napisan je na engleskom i hrvatskom jeziku Short review in English: I happened to stumble upon this book in my local library (yes, I still go to one and I love it) and the title itself caught my eye. Since lately I have been thinking that quite a bit myself ('there are so many idiots around me') this title just resonated with me and I had to read it immediately. I had different expectations about what this book is about but this tur I am giving a short review in English and Croatian / Kratak osvrt napisan je na engleskom i hrvatskom jeziku Short review in English: I happened to stumble upon this book in my local library (yes, I still go to one and I love it) and the title itself caught my eye. Since lately I have been thinking that quite a bit myself ('there are so many idiots around me') this title just resonated with me and I had to read it immediately. I had different expectations about what this book is about but this turned out to be quite an entertaining read even though I expected a more humorous read. This book is about the four types of personalities, red - yellow - green - blue. It corresponds with the four temperament theory by Hippocrates. Red ones are dominant ones rushing to the goal, yellow ones are quick to act dreamers and talkers who don't see things through, green ones are reluctant to speak out and get noticed and they hate change, they prefer stability and known and then there are the blue ones, the calculated quiet stoic perfectionist types who might not get the job done but the process which they have undergone to get it done will be perfect. After each title and an explanation of the chapter we have each type listed and it is explained how they see it or how others see them in this or that situation and how best to approach them or resolve an issue with that particular type. Some individual amusing stories might be involved in the process but not always. This book is very simplistic and will bring nothing new to the table if you are already familiar with personality types and studies. If you are not, this might be a good introduction to them. But if you are you will keep reading thinking: "...okay, when will the revolutionary part come on". Meaning, you will be hoping for something more than the basic general knowledge. And you won't get it. Because this is bare minimum that you need to know about personality types. Also, I did not much care for those amusing stories being made up stereotypes about each colour. I wish the stories showed more diversity and how most people are a mix of more colours which makes all of us unique and intriguing and much more complicated than the author would have you believe. I will say this though, reading about the author's education and work experience, I definitely admire his work results and his skills. But he emphasises his greatness in almost every chapter of this book which definitely makes him seem like a big show-off. And I am not sure he has that much to show off in this book because it is so simplistic and repetitive with clearly made up examples to serve the purpose that you cannot help but feel like you knew all of that already and that you have just wasted some of your time even though he does write in an easy to read and understand style so it is not a hard sit. With that being said, I do not hate this book, I enjoyed some parts and by some parts I was thoroughly bored by. Plus, I could not figure out in which stereotype category to force myself in. I displayed characteristics of all four colours and the author states that in his 20 years of work he has never met someone with all four colours' characteristics and that people just lack in self-reflection so I must just seriously lack in self-reflection. Or I am just a complicated human being whom he cannot so simply throw in one category and move on. Kratak osvrt na hrvatskom jeziku: Na ovu sam knjigu naišla posve slučajno u mojoj lokalnoj knjižnici (da, dobro ste pročitali, još uvijek odlazim u knjižnicu i zaista je volim), a njen naslov je bio taj koji mi je odmah privukao pozornost. Pošto u zadnje vrijeme često mislim kako sam okružena idiotima, u tom sam naslovu i autoru prepoznala istomišljenika. Smatrala sam da će to biti lako ljetno štivo prožeto humorom i anegdotama no ispalo je ponešto drugačije što nije nužno loše no nije niti ono čemu sam se nadala. U ovoj se knjizi predstavljaju i objašnjavaju četiri tipa osobnosti koje su predstavljene kao crvena - žuta - zelena - plava. One odgovaraju četiri tipa temperamenta koja je predstavio Hipokrat. Crveni su dominantni i žure ispunjenju svog cilja nauštrb pogreškama, žuti su također brzi u poduzimanju nečeg, osmišljavanju i kovanju velikih planova no često ih ne završe već radije započnu novi veliki plan jer im je bitno da je nov, kreativni su i obožavaju pričati, zeleni su oni koji izbjegavaju sukobe, pokušavaju svima ugoditi, teško im je reći ne i ispuniti će svoje obaveze no nikad neće preuzeti inicijativu ili žuriti ili učiniti nešto spontano i kreativno, oni vole stabilnost i stagnaciju, plavi su hladni i proračunati, šute i kalkuliraju, uvijek provjeravaju sve činjenice više puta što ih čini sporima, ali točnima, ne vole se oslanjati na osjećaje i rade sve po pravilima. Knjiga je podijeljena na poglavlja koja se orijentiraju na određene situacije te iza svakog kratkog uvoda imamo zastupljena sva četiri tipa osobnosti i njihovo reagiranje u danim situacijama ili objašnjenjem kako drugi te tipove vide ili kako bi se mi kao suprotne ili iste boje trebali odnositi prema toj konkretnoj boji. Ponekad su uz boje navedene i šaljive priče koje bi trebale demonstrirati tu boju u stvarnom životu. Ova je knjiga vrlo jednostavna te ne zahtijeva nikakvo predznanje o ovoj temi. Toliko je jednostavno napisana da se ponekad čini prejednostavnim. Autor želi dočarati ovu temu svim čitateljima pa polazi od činjenice da većina neće imati mnogo predznanja o ljudskom ponašanju i tipovima ličnosti što može dovesti do toga kako neki od čitatelja mogu osjećati da im se autor obraća svisoka odnosno smatra ih manje inteligentnima. U nekoliko sam se primjera i ja tako osjećala kad sam čitala njegove izmišljene priče koje je dao kao primjer u određenim situacijama jer su izmišljeni ljudi u tim pričama bili toliki stereotipi neke ljudske karakteristike da bi bilo pravilno usporediti ih sa shvaćanjem 'viceva o plavušama' potpuno istinitim i neupitnim. I to ne samo za tu jednu 'plavušu' u pitanju već o svim ženama rođenima s plavom bojom kose. Ljudi nisu primjer samo jedne te boje, ljudi su komplicirana bića koja su kombinacija tih boja i svaka od boja dolazi do izražaja u nekoj situaciji. Autor ove knjige, Thomas Erikson, ima impresivan život iza sebe, visoko obrazovana osoba sa raznolikim radnim i životnim iskustvom i nadasve iskustvom rada sa mnoštvom različitih ljudi što je nešto zbog čega ga cijenim i vrednujem njegovo znanje. No, imam osjećaj kako u ovoj knjizi često i on sam to napominje i to malko previše jer ispada poprilično egoističan i sveznalica. Nakon detaljnog čitanja ove knjige i istraživanja ove teme te samog autora ja još uvijek ne znam u koju bi boju trebala strpati sebe. U različitim životnim situacijama pokazujem karakteristike sve četiri boje i ni jedna po ovim stereotipima koje je on prikazao mi nije dominantna. To me poprilično razočaralo. Posebice zato što je autor napomenuo kako ni jednom nije sreo osobu sa sve četiri boje i kako smatra da nije vjerojatno da one postoje. Vjerojatno je onda stvar u činjenici da nisam dovoljno osviještena o samoj sebi, mom karakteru i mojim osobinama. Bilo bi mi drago kad bi autor koji tvrdi da toliko zna i da u jednom razgovoru može raspoznati kojim bojama osoba pripada, malo približi i nama samima kako da to otkrijemo za sami sebe, a ne samo za ljude koji nas okružuju. No, to bi bilo očekivati nešto više od ove pojednostavljene verzije već postojećih tipova osobnosti.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Milla

    I don't care how scientific it is: the personality profiles are spot on. I recognised myself and many people I know, and enjoyed the food for introspection it provided. My main complaint is the style of the language - might have been the translation, but it felt a little childish. I didn't take it as a psychology textbook and neither should you, but if you're looking for a chance to understand yourself better, I can recommend it. I don't care how scientific it is: the personality profiles are spot on. I recognised myself and many people I know, and enjoyed the food for introspection it provided. My main complaint is the style of the language - might have been the translation, but it felt a little childish. I didn't take it as a psychology textbook and neither should you, but if you're looking for a chance to understand yourself better, I can recommend it.

  28. 4 out of 5

    David Saomi

    Overall a great and easy read for anyone. The language was simple, the book easy to read and the concepts easy to digest. While the book was repetitive at times and only used a simple model, it still did a great job with it. I honestly would have liked a longer book and more information about exceptions to this model.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Jack Singleton

    Systematically points out the flaws in every person, and then says nothing about how to overcome them. It's about manipulation and coping, not becoming better. Ultimately, the book suggests that we are all surrounded by idiots, and ourselves also idiots, and there's no hope to change any of that. A depressing read. Systematically points out the flaws in every person, and then says nothing about how to overcome them. It's about manipulation and coping, not becoming better. Ultimately, the book suggests that we are all surrounded by idiots, and ourselves also idiots, and there's no hope to change any of that. A depressing read.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Justin Lee

    Overall I liked it. It didn't blow me away but it was fine. I think about a quarter of the way through I realized that this is just a book about different personality types, which is fine, but also a little annoying. It reminded me of the various personality profiles out there- Meyers-Briggs, Enneagram, astrology, Buzzfeed quizzes. This classification is easier to digest because it is in colors and there are only four. I can definitely tell where I am and where some of my friends are. This book Overall I liked it. It didn't blow me away but it was fine. I think about a quarter of the way through I realized that this is just a book about different personality types, which is fine, but also a little annoying. It reminded me of the various personality profiles out there- Meyers-Briggs, Enneagram, astrology, Buzzfeed quizzes. This classification is easier to digest because it is in colors and there are only four. I can definitely tell where I am and where some of my friends are. This book can be seen as a manual on how to deal with people.

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