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Emotional Intelligence: 10th Anniversary Edition; Why It Can Matter More Than IQ Hardcover – September 26, 2006
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There was a time when IQ was considered the leading determinant of success. In this fascinating book, based on brain and behavioral research, Daniel Goleman argues that our IQ-idolizing view of intelligence is far too narrow. Instead, Goleman makes the case for "emotional intelligence" being the strongest indicator of human success. He defines emotional intelligence in terms of self-awareness, altruism, personal motivation, empathy, and the ability to love and be loved by friends, partners, and family members. People who possess high emotional intelligence are the people who truly succeed in work as well as play, building flourishing careers and lasting, meaningful relationships. Because emotional intelligence isn't fixed at birth, Goleman outlines how adults as well as parents of young children can sow the seeds. --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
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New York Times science writer Goleman argues that our emotions play a much greater role in thought, decision making and individual success than is commonly acknowledged. He defines "emotional intelligence"?a trait not measured by IQ tests?as a set of skills, including control of one's impulses, self-motivation, empathy and social competence in interpersonal relationships. Although his highly accessible survey of research into cognitive and emotional development may not convince readers that this grab bag of faculties comprise a clearly recognizable, well-defined aptitude, his report is nevertheless an intriguing and practical guide to emotional mastery. In marriage, emotional intelligence means listening well and being able to calm down. In the workplace, it manifests when bosses give subordinates constructive feedback regarding their performance. Goleman also looks at pilot programs in schools from New York City to Oakland, Calif., where kids are taught conflict resolution, impulse control and social skills.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
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To be frank, I enjoy listening to the Dr. Golemans’ talks more than reading this book. I think this book was written with great content relevant to the time it was published. It was written with a lot of IQ but with less EQ for the fun and usefulness of the material to the normal person. It fits more professional scholars and logical people who are totally unfamiliar with the question why EQ is more important than IQ .
If you want a more practical, down to earth book that will give you tools to understand and manipulate your emotions and elevate your EQ, you might enjoy reading “Emotional Equation” by Chip Conley. http://www.amazon.com/Emotional-Equations-Creating-Happiness-Business/dp/1451607261/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1444557860&sr=8-1&keywords=emotional+equation
Goleman shades light into our "two minds"—the rational and the emotional—and how they together shape our destiny. He delineates the five crucial skills of emotional intelligence, and shows how they determine our success in relationships, work, and even our physical well-being.
Although much of the early child development affects empathy level, the good news is that "emotional literacy" is not fixed and can be trained. Goleman explains why empathy, self-awareness, and self- discipline is essential to success and positive human interaction.
Not surprisingly a new science is evolving called social neuroscience about the way we interact. (Remember the mirror neurons?) Daniel Goleman elaborates about it in his new book “Social Intelligence”
There are only two drawbacks to this book. For one, it is quite repetitive. I often found myself pausing while reading and wondering, "did I already read this, or is he repeating himself?" Honestly, it took me a long time to read this book, because I simply became bored at times and would abandon it for other reading material, (although I am glad I didn't give up on finishing this book.) Also, I would wonder, "where is he going with all of this?" To answer the last question, it's not until the very end that his point becomes apparent.
The other drawback: I am not sure who this book is written for. Is it written for the casual reader, like myself, or is it written for Goleman's peers, U.S. educators, parents, or school systems? I am quite sure who the book isn't written for, however: the adult who struggles with poor emotional self-awareness and literacy. This aspect of the book was an ultimate let-down for me, not to mention ironic. If, as Goleman argues, children with poor emotional intelligence often go on to live their adult lives spinning their wheels locked in toxic relationship styles, then reaching those adults who already fell through the cracks should be an obvious aim for the author. They are, after all, often parents to children who need (and are not getting) competent emotional lessons at home. While I personally was able to glean useful lessons from the book, I could see less motivated adults becoming frustrated with this book and never completing the reading, much less applying any of the corrective examples to their own lives.
Reading this book feels like reading pages of scholarly articles; not that there is anything wrong with that since everything the author states is pretty much backed by evidence.
Lastly, the end of the book goes into detail about emotional intelligence relevant to mental health illnesses. I thought this part was incredibly insightful as it provided me different perspectives on how to be more therapeutic to my patients.