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  • Published: 6 August 2019
  • ISBN: 9781785042188
  • Imprint: Vermilion
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 304
  • RRP: $24.99

Surrounded by Idiots

The Four Types of Human Behaviour (or, How to Understand Those Who Cannot Be Understood)




How to handle anyone life throws at you

THE #1 SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER

Do you ever think you're the only one making any sense?
Have you ever tried to reason with your partner with disastrous results?
Do long, rambling answers drive you crazy?
Does your colleague's abrasive manner get your back up?

You are not alone. After a disastrous meeting with a highly successful entrepreneur, who was 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.

Now, ten years later Surrounded by Idiots is an international phenomenon and has sold more than 3 million copies worldwide.

In this simple yet groundbreaking book, Thomas Erikson reveals his method for assessing the personalities of people we communicate with and teaches us how to communicate better. Based on four core personality types (Red, Yellow, Green and Blue), in Surrounded by Idiots, you will begin to 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.

Packed with 'aha!' and 'oh no!' moments, Surrounded by Idiots will help you understand and influence 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!

The no.1 Sunday Times bestseller, November 2023

  • Published: 6 August 2019
  • ISBN: 9781785042188
  • Imprint: Vermilion
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 304
  • RRP: $24.99

About the author

Thomas Erikson

Thomas Erikson is a Swedish behavioral expert, active lecturer and bestselling author. For the last 18 years he has been travelling all over Europe delivering lectures and seminars in Swedish and English to executives and managers at a wide range of companies, including IKEA, Coca Cola, Microsoft, Volvo and KIA Motors. Surrounded by Idiots (Omgiven Av Idioter) has been a Swedish runaway bestseller in since it was first published in 2014. It has sold over 1.5 million copies worldwide, of which over 750,000 copies have been sold in Sweden alone, and it has been translated into 36 languages. For more information about the author visit thomaserikson.com.

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Praise for Surrounded by Idiots

'Anyone who does not read this book is actually an idiot.'

Kvalitets Magasinet

'A useful guide to communicating with the uncommunicable . . . clearly, dynamically presented and easy to grasp.'

Publishers Weekly

'Readers will be delighted. Most everyone can benefit from this book, especially those in the workplace. In addition, parents, educators, and students will find these insights valuable.'

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Surrounded by Idiots by Thomas Erikson uses a colour-based system to outline different personality types. Take this quiz to find out which colour you relate to most.