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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 get your back up?
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.
Originally published in Swedish in 2014 as Omgiven Av Idioter, Erikon's Surrounded by Idiots is already an international phenomenon, selling over 1.5 million copies worldwide, of which over 750,000 copies have been sold in Sweden alone. 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(s) we speak and share information.
Narrated by David John, 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 and advice on when to back away or when to push on, and when to speak up or indeed shut up. 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!
© Thomas Erikson 2019 (P) Penguin Audio 2019
Just shows you we are Surrounded by Idiots
Originally published in Swedish in 2014 and the idiots that have reviewed this book are calling this book terrible because it uses only male terminology and not using the pronoun them/they.
These ridiculous pronouns were not made up in 2014. Surrounded by idiots is a good book and I found it helpful by explaining social competence is the ability to understand and foresee your own behaviors impact on the behaviour of others
Meh but male focused
Two problems. 1. The author purposely only spoke in MALE pronouns for all examples instead of ‘They/Them’, which as a woman, made it extremely difficult to relate to and it made the author sound biased.
2. Incredibly repetitive halfway through and until the end, which is why I couldn’t finish it.
Other than those points it was okay.