The Ten Types of Human


Why are we like this? Why do we do the things we do? What choice do we have? Who (or what) – in the end – does the choosing? This text will take you to 10 rooms. There you will meet 10 people. In a way, you already know them. Only you don’t – not really. They shape the most important decisions in your life. But you’re almost certainly unaware of their intervention. There are the 10 types of human. The 10 types of human are each adapted to meet a specific and serious survival threat. Not only are they the essence and instinct of the people you will meet in life, but they are also the people who populate your mind. They influence your most important decisions. But most of us don’t know much about them. Dexter Dias examines the decisions we make and the actions we take when we are forced into extreme situations, reduced to our instincts.

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The inspiration behind the hit podcast THE 100 TYPES OF HUMAN with DEXTER DIAS and BBC 5 Live host NIHAL ARTHANAYAKE

‘This book is the one. Think Sapiens and triple it.’Julia Hobsbawm, author of Fully Connected
We all have ten types of human in our head.

They’re the people we become when we face life’s most difficult decisions. We want to believe there are things we would always do – or things we never would. But how can we be sure? What are our limits? Do we have limits?

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, uncovering the forces that shape our thoughts and actions in extreme situations.

From courtrooms to civil wars, from Columbus to child soldiers, Dexter Dias takes us on a globe-spanning journey in search of answers, touching on the lives of some truly exceptional people.

Combining cutting-edge neuroscience, social psychology and human rights research, The Ten Types of Human is a provocative map to our hidden selves. It provides a new understanding of who we are – and who we can be.
‘The Ten Types of Human is a fantastic piece of non-fiction, mixing astonishing real-life cases with the latest scientific research to provide a guide to who we really are. It’s inspiring and essential.’ – Charles Duhigg, author of The Power of Habit

‘I emerged from this book feeling better about almost everything… a mosaic of faces building into this extraordinary portrait of our species.’ Guardian

‘Uplifting and indispensable.’ – Howard Cunnell

What readers are saying about ‘the most important book in years’:

utterly compelling…this one comes with a warning – only pick it up if you can risk not putting it down‘ – Wendy Heydorn on Amazon, 5 stars

‘one of the most remarkable books I’ve read… I can genuinely say that it has changed the way I view the world‘ – David Jones on Amazon, 5 stars

Essential reading for anyone wishing to understand the human condition… a thrilling and beautifully crafted book‘ – Wasim on Amazon, 5 stars

‘This is the most important book I have read in years‘ – Natasha Geary on Amazon, 5 stars

‘an important and fascinating read… It will keep you glued to the page‘ – Hilary Burrage on Amazon, 5 stars

‘a journey that I will never forget, will always be grateful for, and I hope will help me question who I am… a work of genius‘ – Louise on Amazon, 5 stars

‘This is a magnificent book that will capture the interest of every type of reader… one of those rare and special books that demand rereading’ – Amelia on Amazon, 5 stars

I simply couldn’t put it down… one of the most significant books of our time‘ – Jocelyne Quennell on Amazon, 5 stars

‘Read The Ten Types of Human and be prepared to fall in love‘ – Helen Fospero on Amazon, 5 stars

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Weight 0.662 kg
Dimensions 19.8 × 12.9 × 5.1 cm






xxxii, 813




150 (edition:23)


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