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The Brain and Emotional Intelligence: New Insights Paperback – April 1, 2011

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 79 pages
  • Publisher: More Than Sound (April 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1934441155
  • ISBN-13: 978-1934441152
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.3 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #159,949 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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DANIEL GOLEMAN is the author of the international bestsellers Emotional Intelligence, Working with Emotional Intelligence, and Social Intelligence, and the co-author of the acclaimed business bestseller Primal Leadership. His latest books are What Makes a Leader: Why Emotional Intelligence Matters and The Triple Focus: A New Approach to Education. He was a science reporter for the New York Times, was twice nominated for the Pulitzer Prize, and received the American Psychological Association's Lifetime Achievement Award for his media writing. He lives in Massachusetts.

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This digital book is a must-read for anyone who wants to know what emotional intelligence truly is: Daniel Goleman will help you understand the neural basis of emotional intelligence versus IQ. While the book is an essential tool for any educators/trainers or coaches specializing in field, it is also very useful for anyone who wants to improve their emotional intelligence abilities. Business leaders, for example, will find some useful tools for employee engagement. There is even a section that will be of interest to parents.

The book consists of 15 rich chapters:

1. Is Emotional Intelligence a Distinct Set of Abilities?
2. Self-Awareness
3. The Right Brain State for the Job
4. The Creative Brain
5. Self-Mastery
6. Managing Stress
7. Motivation: What Moves Us
8. Optimal Performance
9. The Social Brain
10. The Social Brain Online
11. The Varieties of Empathy
12. Gender Differences
13. The Dark Side (sociopaths in the workplace)
14. Developing Emotional Intelligence
15. Social Emotional Learning

Using seminal studies conducted by Reuven Bar-On, Goleman helps us see that there are unique areas of the brain that govern emotional intelligence. This is explained in concise, crystal-clear language, with well-illustrated diagrams of brain areas associated with emotional intelligence. The illustrations showed up in beautiful color on my IPAD.

Among the many things you will derive from reading this book is an understanding, for example, of why bad habits are so entrenched: they form a thick circuitry and become hard wired but we can use the power of neuroplasticity (i.e.
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I was delighted to hear that Goleman had a new book coming out that explored the implications of recent studies on the brain and emotional regulation.

The Brain and Emotional Intelligence: New Insights is a short work, and it's Goleman's first digital-only book. It "provides updates on the key findings that further inform our understanding of emotional intelligence and how to apply this skill set." It's aimed at those working in the emotional intelligence field, and who need to apply the concept in effective action -- leaders, coaches, human resources officers, managers, and educators -- but I believe it's also a must-read for anyone interested in the overlap of science and spirituality.

Goleman convincingly cites studies that support his contention that emotional intelligence is a phenomenon separate from IQ. As the author observes, echoing Howard Gardner, "For an intelligence to be recognized as a distance set of capacities there has to be a unique underlying set of brain areas that govern and regulate that intelligence."

Using the work of Reuven Bar-On, Goleman shows that it is in fact the case that there are distinct circuits in the brain for emotions and emotional regulation, and these are duly outlined, along with accompanying diagrams (which are unfortunately in black and white on the Kindle, due to the limitations of the platform).

In highlighting the importance of self-awareness in emotional intelligence, Goleman recounts the fascinating case of a brain-damaged lawyer whose intellect was unaffected, but who was unable to make even simple decisions. Unable to connect his thoughts with his emotions, he was rendered unable to tell good decisions from bad. "In order to make a good decision, we need to have feelings about our thoughts.
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Daniel Goleman introduced the concept of emotional intelligence to psychology. This book presents some new insights into the relevant neuroscience discovered during the last several years. So while I looked forward to reading it, I wasn't expecting it to be only 78 pages. The chapters are very short and to the point, but a more comprehensive treatment would be welcome.

Goleman summarizes his emotional intelligence framework (self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, and relation management) and describes the brain areas involved in each. Sections are devoted to creativity, motivation, good and bad stress, empathy, psychopathy (only 1 page, however), neuroplasticity and neurogenesis. Most helpful to me were the sections on stress and empathy. Goleman's distinction between 'frazzle' and 'flow' describes the serious physical and cognitive problems that come with stress, and the methods to combat stress and develop 'flow'. In a state of flow, concentration is effortless, flexible, and joyful.

As for empathy, Goleman distinguishes between cognitive, emotional, and and motoric (empathic concern). Cognitive empathy is the most primitive kind (the extent of psychopaths' empathy, for example), being able to take another's perspective. Emotional empathy is the basis for feeling en rapport with others, and empathic concern is the prompt for acts of compassion - actually doing something.

The Brain and Emotional Intelligence (***) has some interesting ideas, and is a good summary of the relevant brain research, but doesn't have a whole lot of meat on it. I'd recommend Goleman's other books, or the works of Daniel Siegel for something more substantial.
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