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Emotional Intelligence: Why It Can Matter More Than IQ Paperback – September 27, 2005
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"A thoughtfully written, persuasive account explaining emotional intelligence and why it can be crucial to your career."—USA Today
"Good news to the employee looking for advancement [and] a wake-up call to organizations and corporations."—The Christian Science Monitor
"Anyone interested in leadership...should get a copy of this book. In fact, I recommend it to all readers anywhere who want to see their organizations in the phone book in the year 2001."—Warren Bennis, The New York Times Book Review
"A thoughtfully written, persuasive account explaining emotional intelligence and why it can be crucial to your career." —USA Today
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Everyone knows that high IQ is no guarantee of success, happiness, or virtue, but until "Emotional Intelligence, we could only guess why. Daniel Goleman's brilliant report from the frontiers of psychology and neuroscience offers startling new insight into our "two minds"--the rational and the emotional--and how they together shape our destiny.
Through vivid examples, Goleman delineates the five crucial skills of emotional intelligence, and shows how they determine our success in relationships, work, and even our physical well-being. What emerges is an entirely new way to talk about being smart.
The best news is that "emotional literacy" is not fixed early in life. Every parent, every teacher, every business leader, and everyone interested in a more civil society, has a stake in this compelling vision of human possibility.
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The reason I am giving this a 3-star review is because after listening to the CD, I didn't come away with much practical advice. It's more like food for thought. Also, many of the anecdotes are from childhood (example: person x had something traumatic happen in his/her childhood, now that person exhibits signs of y as an adult). Ok, this is well and good, but it doesn't bring the lesson full circle to say, here's how to unlearn this pattern as an adult.
The one other thing that annoyed me was his voice at times. I want to be sensitive saying this, because I think he is most likely a very caring man who has devoted his life to doing good, but there was a condescending tone to many of the stories. It was almost like, as a listener who was trying to learn from the stories, I was already picking up his disdain for some of the behaviors.
I wouldn't say don't get this, but I'd say to buy with the intention of opening your mind to the concept rather than find practical ways to develop a well honed sense of emotional intelligence.
A word of caution for prospective readers - this reads more like a textbook than a story. It is worth the effort but don't go in assuming the pages will fly by.
Worth noting is that, despite the number of studies cited by Goleman, much of the research regarding emotional intelligence has determined that it is not a thing. If you control for IQ and personality type, the usefulness of EI becomes essentially zero, suggesting that it may not even be a real phenomenon.
But I do feel like a more capable partner, now that I have the insight to call my wife a bitch (page 135, for those of you still struggling with this).