Surrounded By Idiots by Thomas Erikson (Book Review)

As a fellow human being, we are used to categorise items according to its similarity as to help us understand the world from a clear lens. Nothing less is done in this book, Thomas classified humans into four colours based on previous behaviour models (which did the same thing except they used specific characteristics.)

Red, Blue, Yellow, and Green are the four colours that makes a human. After reading the book, I realised that I am a Red and Yellow with dashes of Blue but no Green, belonging to the approximate 15 percent of the population.

Wait. What do those colours mean?


  • Straightforward, honest.
  • Gets shit done.
  • A leader.
  • Does not really care about how you feel as long as you can get things done.
  • Goes fast and break stuffs and fixes them fast.
  • Details does not really matter.
  • Does not like to feel controlled.
  • Able to make snap decisions.


  • Creative.
  • All talk, no walk.
  • The entertainer.
  • Speaks a lot but usually loaded with crap.
  • Have good ideas (starting) but does not want to maintain and finish their job in carrying out their ideas.
  • Routine sucks.
  • “Look at me, I’m important! Notice me!”
  • Being alone means no one to talk to.


  • Details, details, details.
  • Often thinking too much, not executing.
  • Structure and order.
  • Follows the book.
  • Quality matters, a lot.
  • Better safe than sorry, think twice, three times is better.


  • The majority.
  • Does not like surprises.
  • The best thing to do is to do nothing.
  • “Why change? Isn’t everything in place?”
  • “Why care when it’s not my shit?”
  • If there is something wrong, they rather shut their mouths as voicing out opinions are a dread and brings troubles to themselves.
  • But, he knows how to help others when in need.
  • Does not question when being ordered around.

I have understood many things about me and the people around me, it is insightful for Thomas to put them all in a book. The book also cited about how to deal with people, just play neutral (Green) at first, look at how things flow and adapt yourself to their respective colours whilst not losing your own identity.

You might ask why do I have to adapt, it is simple, people have feelings, and most of the unnecessary and overly common misunderstandings stem from people whose egos make them deaf or those who communicated but did not understand what was being exchanged. In efforts to reduce the superficial conflicts in order to establish more meaningful relationships between one another, we must begin to understand what they are coming from.

7.5/10, would recommend for you to read if you want to know more about yourself and the people around you.

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