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Publisher's Summary

This audiobook will introduce you to ten people. In a way, you already know them. Only you don't - not really. In a sense, they are you. Only they're not entirely. They inform and shape the most important decisions in your life. But you're almost certainly unaware of their intervention.
They are the Ten Types of Human. Who are they? What are they for? How did they get into your head? We want to believe that there are some things we would never do. We want to believe that there are others we always would. But how can we be sure? What are our limits? Do we have limits? The answer lies with the Ten Types of Human: the people we become when we are faced with life's most difficult decisions. But who or what are these types? Where do they come from? How did they get into our heads?
The Ten Types of Human is a pioneering examination of human nature. It looks at the best and worst that human beings are capable of and asks why. It explores the frontiers of the human experience, excavating the forces that shape our thoughts and actions in extreme situations. It begins in a courtroom and journeys across four continents and through the lives of some exceptional people, in search of answers.
Mixing cutting-edge neuroscience, social psychology and human rights research, The Ten Types of Human is at once a provocation and a map to our hidden selves. It provides a new understanding of who we are - and who we can be.
©2017 Dexter Dias (P)2017 Random House Audiobooks
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3 out of 5 stars
By GB on 04-05-18

Not for Socialists

I was interested in this book all the way through. It is full of interesting anecdotes and social science. There was a sense of unease about it that took awhile to gel. It reminds me of nothing so such as those tales of Victorian Adventurers like David Livingstone, Richard Burton and Lawrence of Arabia telling of their exploits in the Empire.

This is definitely the world of the benighted judged through a sort of reversed telescope of
entitled privilege and name dropping. And the author tell us he is very fond of judging very often .

This doesn't mean that it is bad or uninteresting or even flawed but it is definitely the world seen from a very coddled self confident distance. The overall effect is a long sermon by a High Anglican Oxbridge parson in the Royal Geographical Society or an Inn dinner.

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By pumbaesque on 07-16-17

This book blew me away

What made the experience of listening to The Ten Types of Human the most enjoyable?

Oh wow! This book is a mind changer. I cannot recommend it highly enough. Dexter Dias is a very gifted writer and his subject matter is challenging and deeply affecting at the same time. I am glad I chose the audio version because I could keep listening when reading would have been difficult. This is one of the few books I will listen to again.

Any additional comments?

I wish the author had narrated this himself. I just feel it would have had an even greater impact that way (if that is possible).

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2 out of 5 stars
By Crispin on 07-26-17

Barrister discovers empathy

I bought this hoping for some new insights into the workings of humans. From all the detailed references he provides to other studies it at first appeared promising. It is however just a very long winded look at the examples of empathy which he renames. His voyage of 'discovery' takes him around the world to view the worst crimes and circumstances which occur on the planet. Disease, rape, torture, slavery you name it, it is here. The big discovery is that some of us do something about these because of empathy rather than purely selfish reasons. This is not news to anyone who knows basic psychology, although it is presented as such.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Anita on 04-19-18

Eye opening

Dexter, a human rights lawyer, is driven by a need by a need to understand why humans do the things they do. It’s a harrowing and dispiriting book at times but also brilliant and compelling. Like a good lawyer, Dexter presents arresting facts and lots of evidence drawn from the latest research in evolution and social psychology to put forward his thoughts. I can’t stop thinking about this book and the people in it. Thought provoking and intelligent with strong arguments for tolerance and understanding even in the mission to protect human rights and lessen human suffering.

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By Lucette Cysique on 02-08-18

interesting and puzzling

interesting but not I am not convinced abt some of the arguments. amazing life stories...

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