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Social Intelligence: The New Science of Human Relationships Hardcover – September 26, 2006
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- Item Weight : 1.43 pounds
- Hardcover : 416 pages
- ISBN-13 : 978-0553803525
- ISBN-10 : 0553803522
- Dimensions : 6.41 x 1.31 x 9.49 inches
- Publisher : Bantam; 1st edition (September 26, 2006)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #578,804 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I completed my Ph.D. studies in the early seventies when the psychology of social relations was in its infancy. I appreciate the authors skill in sharing his knowledge gained through painstaking, quality research efforts.....no matter what our age the thirst for current knowledge should not diminish with passing years. I am now 80 years of age and look forward to learning even more by the time I reach 90.
Having said that, I would highly recommend the book to anyone who wishes to learn more about why we do what we do. There are some very valuable lessons that have application in everyday life. For example, Goleman talks about how fear in social situations engages the the flight or fight part of the brain, overriding the cognitive part. He gives everyday examples of how this shows up in our daily lives. The teacher randomly calling on students in the classroom can evoke social fear, shutting down the cognitive/learning part of the brain.
Goleman deals with numerous other social situations in life - love, anger, empathy, prejudices, crime and punishment. His insights are sharp and easy to understand. Some are real eye-openers.
The book is long, some 334 pages with 65 pages of notes. This means that the concepts set forth in the book have been well researched and he provides the sources for those who wish to do additional research on a particular point of view.
If you have any interest in why people do what they do, then this is an important book. Just realize that it requires some thought to read and grasp all the concepts put forth in the book.
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