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

ISBN: 9781785042188
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Publisher,Random House UK
Publication Date,
Format, Paperback
Weight, 207 g
No. of Pages, 288

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, Erikson'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.

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.


Thomas Erikson is a motivator, author and public speaker. His book Surrounded by Idiots is one of the world’s best-selling non-fiction books and has been translated into over 40 languages.

His way of sharing his knowledge with his readers is by using specific storytelling and lots of humor. To achieve new skills should be easy. Therefore, he do not write in a way that is packed with numbers and details, but rather in a way that will make the reader say: Ah! I recognize that!

Thomas has devoted close to 30 years of his career to helping people communicate with each other, and along the way he´s developed practical and functional tools that facilitate both professional and private life.

Thomas believes in the importance of a higher understanding of others, in order to decrease the number of unnecessary misunderstandings and conflicts either in a relationship or at work.

Besides his book he also offer knowledge and understanding of human behaviour by his online courses, and his app Surrounded by idiots. Available both at Appstore and Playstore.

And with a bit of luck you can also be confident that the idiot out there isn't you!

Customer Reviews

Based on 28 reviews
Annuar Tumar
Surrounded by Idiots: The four types of human behaviour

If everyone reads this books, the world will have a lot fewer ‘idiots’

Mastika Lyana Ali
Are you Blue, Green, Red or Yellow?

I'm only at page 58 currently, did not realize this book is about 4 personality types. Interesting read so far. Unsure once I'm done reading, i would see people in these 4 colours only haha

Nicole Tia
Easy to read and understand

This book is more interesting and easier to read than I thought. Enjoy learning from the author.

Tuan Heng Yong
Surrounded By Idiots

An interesting book to read and recommend to everyone

Aina Saudi

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