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Surrounded by Idiots and Psychopaths

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Has anyone read Surrounded by Idiots and Surrounded by Psychopaths: How to Protect Yourself from Being Manipulated and Exploited in Business (and in Life)?

From the back cover:

Using the same simple four-color system of behavior classification that made Surrounded by Idiots so popular, Surrounded by Psychopaths teaches readers how to deal with psychopaths in their lives by becoming aware of their own behavior and their weaknesses.

The four fold classification is:

ANALYTICAL (blue)
. Slow reaction
· Maximum effort to organize
. Minimal interest in relationships
. Historical time frame
· Cautious action
· Tendency to avoid involvement

STABLE (green)
· Calm reaction
. Maximum effort for connection
· Minimal interest in change
. Current time frame
· Supportive action
· Tendency to reject conflict

DOMINANT (red)
. Quick reaction
. Maximum effort to control
. Minimal interest for caution in
relationships
. Current time frame
. Direct action
. Tendency to avoid involvement

INSPIRING (yellow)
. Rapid reaction
. Maximum effort to involve
. Minimal interest in routine
. Future time frame
· Impulsive action
· Tendency to reject isolation

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Re: Surrounded by Idiots and Psychopaths

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"Surrounded by Idiots" was a present for one of my colleagues on his farewell party. It's an enjoyable book with nice snippets of insight. I found it useful in helping to understand others.

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Re: Surrounded by Idiots and Psychopaths

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I've read "Surrounded by Idiots" because I was immediately attracted to the title for some reason :-P

It's a popularization of the DISC-model. DISC stands for dominance/influence/steadiness/conscientiousness which would translate into dominant/inspiring/stable/analytical above. The point is that people are not idiots as much as they have different priorities and solution methods. I wonder what the psychopath angle is given that only a few percent of the population qualify as such.

DISC is a simplification of MBTI which focuses exclusives on the so-called judging functions, which are how we come across to others and not what goes on in our heads. As such, it approximately holds that ...

D: Te
I: Fe
S: Fi
C: Ti

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Re: Surrounded by Idiots and Psychopaths

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Linking DISC and MBTI is new to me! Writing it out:

Surrouned by Idiots = DISC = MBTI

Red = Dominance = Thinking Extrovert
Yellow = Influence = Feeling Extrovert
Green = Steadiness = Feelin Introvert
Blue = Conscientiousness = Thinking Introvert

In Surrounded by Iditions most people are multiple colors at the same time.

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