Five stars does not do justice to The Ten Types of Humans. I understand why some people would score it less than five though, or even imagine that they were deceived by the title. This is not a light read. This book does not fit in the genre of self-help, particularly the angry clean up your room and stop complaining variety espoused by white male psychology professors who have never encountered the real world in its grim and unflinchingly hostile forms. Dias is also privileged, by his own account. He lives in the UK. As a human rights lawyer and judge who has presided over some of the world's most notorious abuse cases, he has come up with ten human types; more specifically ten types of human behaviour in response to child slavery, genocide, terror, racism, prostitution, domestic violence, female genital mutilation, natural disaster, and even fate. He starts out with a scenario. How would you react in a mass shooting incident: save the life of your own kin or save as others you don't know? What is the number that would induce you to save the many and leave your kin (your daughter) to a killer? In my opinion, there is also a scenario offered to the reader. Proceed and be appalled by human behaviour or choose something safer and more reassuring. However, if you proceed you will learn about the goodness of humanity as well. You will meet people who have shown resilience. Dias tells stories about people that interconnect; the chapters are layered accounts of tragedy which are given credibility by discoveries in neurological science, evolutionary psychology, and the weight of cultural tradition. The effects on the reader are almost visceral. It's hard to stop thinking about it long after reading. Stick with it, however, and you will be rewarded. Listening on audible is perhaps the best way to engage with this book. I have both print and audible options.
This book presents us with the opportunity to learn more about ourselves both the light and the dark.
Time and time again. I found myself reflecting on stories presented in the book and my own behaviour.
This book has been challenging, confronting and it has been inspiring. This book has also brought me closer to the people around me as I have shared the stories and have feebly attempted to understand my own humanity .