Surrounded By Idiots: The Four Types Of Human Behaviour (Or, How To Understand Those Who Cannot Be Understood) Paperback – 30 July 2019
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Surrounded by idiots
Some seriously state that they're surrounded by idiots. Some, funnily enough, state this more often than others. And certainly we could find many different types of problem to get along. Some examples you might recognize; have you ever tried to reason with your partner and nothing went as planned or expected? Or have you left a meeting in confusion with the feeling that you truly did not understand a single person in the room. And worst of all, some people never seem to understand what you are saying, no matter how clear you express yourself.
About the Author
- Publisher : Vermilion (30 July 2019)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 304 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1785042181
- ISBN-13 : 978-1785042188
- Dimensions : 12.6 x 1.8 x 19.8 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: #12 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The author posits four different types of people, So you'd think there would be a self-assessment tool of some sort, wouldn't you? No such thing. I suppose you're meant to self-identify, but this isn't helped by a pretty strong overlap between the different types. And of course there's no offering to help you identify the other people you might meet. The author does admit that you may be a mix of more than one type, but this isn't really discussed. And there's nothing at all about how people develop and grow over time, which is important.
The self-assessment is based loosely on the DiSC model, which is highly questionable. However, in the original model the C stands for 'compliance,' but out author has changed this to 'analytical ability.' What?????????? No way, in the dictionary or in personality theory, can you equate 'compliance' with 'analytical ability.' In fact there's a strong case for saying that they're mutually exclusive, because people with strong analytical skills don't usually accept what's on offer in compliant fashion. I had to bang my head several times before I could believe that this is really what he'd written; what's happened to the profession of copy-editor? (A good copy-editor would have killed that title as much too confrontational).
There's some loose analysis of the four different types and advice on getting on with them, but the advice is so general and/or it begs the question - summarised as 'do the right thing and try not to annoy them.' And the book is difficult to read - there's no sense of structure or flow, no sense of guiding curious readers to the next thing they'll be interested in. Why this book found its way into the best-seller lists is an utter puzzle.
The cheeky title sells the book but there is nothing of value inside. Take people as you find them, and treat those you work with well, you don't need a get rich quick book to do this (author getting rich that is).