Author(s): Dexter Dias
This book 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 have within us the ability to perform acts of great kindness, and great evil. We would like to think that there are some things that we would always do, and some things that we would never do. But how can we know? The answers lie with the Ten Types of Human: the people we become when we are faced with the most difficult decisions. But who are they? Where are they from? And how did they get into your head? The Ten Types of Human is a pioneering examination of human nature. It explores how our minds work, and examines what forces come into play when we are placed in extreme situations. It begins in a courtroom, and journeys across four continents in search of answers. Mixing cutting-edge neuroscience, social psychology and visceral true stories, The Ten Types of Human is at once a handbook, a provocation and a roadmap. It is a book to inspire us, and to help us find new ways to be free.
"Dexter Dias is on the side of the angels, who turn out to be us, the people. He writes like an angel too. Uplifting and indispensable." -- Howard Cunnell, author of Fathers and Sons "In defining and describing his human types, he draws on lab experiments, the animal kingdom, and all the literature you might expect from a modern behaviourist. Yet the main body of the book, the bits that transfixed and stayed with me, stopped me sleeping but got me up in the morning, were the human stories that Dias has travelled the world to find. His interviewees are always people, the most vivid flesh and blood, never case studies. And yet that's not what's so extraordinary about it: storytellers are rare, but not vanishingly so... Dias's work as a human rights lawyer gives him this instinctive, urgent belief that all injustices, all catastrophes, exploitations, acts of violence, all human misery can be taken on and overcome, somehow, if the right people try and there are enough of them. His combination of rigour, idealism and pragmatism makes fertile terrain out of the most appalling battlefields... I emerged from this book feeling better about almost everything. The ideas in The Ten Types of Human are a layperson's opening into a fascinating academic field: but more than that, a mosaic of faces building into this extraordinary portrait of our species." -- Zoe Williams * Guardian * "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
Dexter Dias QC is an award-winning barrister who as Queen's Counsel has been involved in some of the biggest cases in the UK involving murder, terrorism and human rights of recent years. He is also a prize-winning scholar at Cambridge University and has been a research fellow at Harvard University.