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Constructive Thinking: The Key to Emotional Intelligence [Kindle Edition]

Seymour Epstein
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This is a book on how to gain control of one's emotions. It is a serious book that contains a theory of automatic processing it presents and its implications for controlling emotions. Epstein is a professor of personality psychology and a highly regarded research psychologist who has supported his theory with extensive research published in the most demanding professional journals. He was motivated to write the book by the success of a course he taught based on his theory. Students reported obtaining an understanding and control of their emotions that they never thought possible and that they said changed the course of their lives.

According to the theory, people operate by two minds, a rational-analytical mind and an intuitive-experiential mind, the latter being intimately associated with emotions. Each mind operates by its own principles and each has its own form of intelligence. The intelligence of the rational-analytical mind is measured by IQ tests and the intelligence of the intuitive-experiential mind (which is related to emotional intelligence) by the Constructive Thinking Inventory (CTI), a test developed by Epstein that is included in the book. By understanding the principles of operation of the intuitive-experiential mind, it is possible to train it as well as to learn from it, and thereby to improve one's emotional intelligence. The book provides exercises for applying the principles in everyday life and a review of a variety of other procedures for improving emotional intelligence. It is suited for use as a primary or supplementary text in courses on improving emotional intelligence or coping with stress as well as for individual reading.


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One of the great strengths of "Constructive Thinking" is its review of what qualities of personality lead to successful living,...to successful workplace performance, love, adjustment, health, and good parenting...His review is greatly enriched by a generous selection of annecdotes and case histories...Epstein is balanced, thoughtful, and often wise...Epstein's book is far better than most popular alternatives. It is a thoughtful, accurate depiction of how personality can lead to success and the ways one can improve oneself. His approach is rigorous and scholarly, yet accessible, and provides important information to the public.(Contemporary Psychology (review journal of American Psychological Association), December, 1999) -- Contemporary Psychology (review journal of American Psychological Association), December, 1999

About the Author

SEYMOUR EPSTEIN is Professor Emeritus of Psychology at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

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  • File Size: 3134 KB
  • Print Length: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Praeger (August 27, 1998)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001CD4VMM
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #868,253 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Testimonial to the Power of Constructive Thinking October 6, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
Several years ago I took a course on coping with stress and negative emotions with Dr. Epstein which used an earlier version of this book. The concepts Dr. Epstein presents in this book are powerful and life-transforming. This book provides exercises based on solid theory and research that enable the reader to unlock the potential each of us have for being happier and healthier individuals. By reading this book and taking Dr. Epstein's class, I learned to use my rational self to redirect my emotional self to deal with the events that caused me stress and to restructure my reactions to these events. Constructive thinking has helped me to lead a happier life and to deal with difficult situations (e.g., graduate school, relationships) in a much more positive and less stressful way. I recommend this easy to read book to people who want make a significant change in their lives, to academics/teachers who want to change their students' lives, and to clinicians to help their clients.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
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Format:Paperback
Seymour Epstein is a Professor of Personality Psychology at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He is a highly respected research Psychologist who has developed his Cognitive-experiential self-theory (CEST) with extensive research published in the most demanding professional journals. He has published two books - You're Smarter Than You Think: How to Develop Your Practical Intelligence for Successful Living (1993) and more recently Constructive Thinking - The Key to Emotional Intelligence (1998). His latest text has tremendous potential not only in application but also in in terms of future research. It contains several helpful techniques for gaining control of emotions and placing them to positive use. There are several exercises in applying the principles of everyday life and a review of a variety of other procedures for improving emotional intelligence. Given that the foundation of this text is based on extensive research it extends the popular work of Daniel Goldman on emotional intelligence. The quality of application and research found in this text adds a more balanced and realistic perspective to current books on emotional intelligence. From that perspective, it provides the reader with the 'cutting-edge' of application and research in the area of emotional intelligence. Relating this text to my own work in the secondary school setting, there are several areas of potential application, including student academic, social and emotional development. Part IV entitled "Improving Your Constructive Thinking" contains valuable exercises that can successfully be applied to the adolescent and older population. Furthermore, as a School Psychologist an opportunity existed to apply Epstein's research to an adolescent population. Read more ›
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
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This is one authentic book which shows practical ways to enhance emotional intelligence. The art of controlling emotions so that maximum benefit is derieved in daily happenings is well explained in the book. The book right through stresses the need for implementing the 'understanding' and the strategies explained are practical and implementable. The author has given a questionnaire to test the level of one's constructive thinking called Consructive Thinking Inventory.
I am drawn to the book because of its 'application-value'and to the chapter (VIII) dealing with achieving success in the workplace through constructive thinking - which is the need of the hour for all the executives and workers alike. The book also explains how constructive thinking can reduce stress and increase interpersonal adjustment, thus increasing one's emotional intelligence and control. The book has a wealth of conceptual wisdom on thinking and its effect on emotional well-being of people. One of the very well researched books to go through.
Prof.Dr.B.Janakiram, Mgmt.Dept. MSRIT.Bangalore.India
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Know thyself... develop your emotional intelligence. September 10, 1999
Format:Paperback
"Constructive Thinking: The Key to Emotional Intelligence" by Seymour Epstein is easily the best "self-help" book I've ever read. Having said this, I must add that I am somewhat reluctant to classify it as a "self-help book" for several reasons. First, unlike most books of this genre, this book is based on extensive research. Dr. Epstein is a distinguished psychologist who is highly esteemed in the field. Second, "self-help" books often tend toward superficiality, promising much more than they can deliver. In contrast, this book has remarkable depth. It explains a great deal about our intuitive mind, which Epstein refers to as an "experiential mind" that learns from lived experience and which he contrasts with our "rational mind," which operates by logical inference and learns from books and lectures. He makes a compelling case for our experiential mind being the major source of emotional intelligence, but, unlike some other writers on emotional intelligence, he does not slight intellectual intelligence, but takes a balanced approach. He notes that intuition and intellect each has its advantages and limitations, and that they are best used to supplement and correct each other. If we are to be truly rational, Epstein states, we must be in touch with our experiential mind, for this is the most effective way to compensate for its limitations and profit from and implement its creativity and other virtues. He therefore concludes that it no less important to understand and train our experiential mind as to educate our rational mind, and he provides the procedures and exercises for doing so. Unlike many researchers and academics who are prone to arcane writing styles that often alienate the lay reader, Epstein is able to convey his theory and procedures in a most articulate and clear fashion. Read more ›
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly Recommended
I've read and studied this book several times and continue to refer to it. I highly recommend it to anyone whose thought processes are making them unhappy and/or who are having... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Karen L. Hammett
5.0 out of 5 stars Constructive Thinking: A Great Book
I read and applied nearly every exercise in Constructive Thinking: Key to Emotional Intelligence. I found that the book helped me change my life. Read more
Published on December 14, 2009 by C. Kocmick
1.0 out of 5 stars Good for a 7th grader
The writing in this book is what you would expect to find in The Reader's Digest,
or a self-help article. It sounds like it was written in the l950's. Read more
Published on October 22, 2009
5.0 out of 5 stars Well presented worthwhile read
A cogent and well-thought out book with lots of insight as to techniques and suggestions for honing one's ability to constructively think (and thereby function) in order to lead a... Read more
Published on January 17, 2009 by K. Lipinski
5.0 out of 5 stars Epstein Removes the clutter
In a world filled with folks who want to "clutter" up the concept or goal of human thinking, it is so refreshing to find a book that reaches back to the essence of what makes... Read more
Published on January 2, 2006 by R.J. Stanton
5.0 out of 5 stars Epstein steals the show
I have dozens of books of this genre and Epstein steals the show. Incredibly well written, Constructive Thinking is extremely well researched and very balanced in its approach. Read more
Published on March 28, 2005 by Bill Wiersma
4.0 out of 5 stars a book about thinking rather than emotions
In 1998, when Epstein wanted to update his book "You're Smarter Than You Think: How to Develop Your Practical Intelligence for Successful Living" (1993), he decided to... Read more
Published on June 2, 2002 by Patrick Merlevede
5.0 out of 5 stars An Important Bridge From Psychology to Theology
Seymour Epstein's latest book (a revised and expanded "You're Smarter Than You Think...")has taken the earlier version to new heights, to new insights which connect... Read more
Published on August 18, 1999 by Amy L. Snow
5.0 out of 5 stars The most important book I've ever read - powerful epilogue!
Constructive Thinking is the most important book I've ever read. It basically takes the concept of Emotional Intelligence (popularized by Daniel Goleman) and defines it more... Read more
Published on March 16, 1999
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