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Emotional Intelligence [Paperback]

Daniel P. Goleman
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27 Sep 2005
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.


Product details

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam Books; 10 Anv edition (27 Sep 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 055338371X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553383713
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 8.2 x 0.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 283,410 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Daniel Goleman, PhD, covers the behavioural and brain sciences for the New York Times and his articles appear throughout the world in syndication. His latest book, Destructive Emotions: A Scientific Dialogue with the Dalai Lama, was published in January 2003. He has taught at Harvard (where he received his PhD) and was formerly senior editor at Psychology Today. His previous books include Vital Lies, Simple Truths; The Meditative Mind; and as co-author, The Creative Spirit. He was also a contributor to the business reference work, Business: The Ultimate Resource.

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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 behavioural research, Daniel Goleman argues that our IQ- idolising 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. --Amazon.com --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.

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'A well-written and pratical guide to emotions, perfectly pitched in tone and scope' -- Finacial Times

'An impressive arguement that excellence is more than IQ' -- Daily Mail --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.

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135 of 140 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This book could save my relationship 18 Jan 2006
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Format:Paperback
I read this book first time years ago and thought it to be one of the must books to have in ones book shelf to get back to time and time again. Now I am in a situation where my long term relationship is in great difficulties. For some reason I started reading this book and it was shocking to see how typical our situation is. It is a real eye opener of how people get overtaken by their emotions and how this can lead into behavioural circle where things go bad to worse. I highly recommend this book to anyone in the path of self development or just for understanding of fellow human being. And especially for us who have children it is a must read so we can help them develop better emotional skills for their future.
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70 of 73 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Primarily for Parents 20 Dec 2005
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Daniel Goleman is, of course, the man who popularized emotional intelligence. His book is an excellent blend of science, anecdotal and real-life examples as well as some suggestions for improvement. However, this book is written as an introduction of the topic of emotional intelligence, it is NOT a how-to and it is not a solution to all our life's problems.
The book focuses on building emotional intelligence in children, especially school age. This makes it an ideal read for parents and educators who deal with children between the ages of 3 and 10. In fact, I would say it is VITAL reading for parents since it will probably save the parents, and the children of course, years of agony and heartache.
The Book is very well written but don't expect it to solve all your emotional intelligence problems. If you want a more practical and useful guide, especially for developing emotional intelligence in the workplace, read Goleman's 'Working with Emotional Intelligence.'
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92 of 97 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Feeling smart, feeling good... 28 Feb 2006
By Kurt Messick HALL OF FAME TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
Ever since I read Martin Gardiner's book on multiple intelligences, I have been intrigued by the study of how we learn and the different types of intelligence. No one disputes that mathematical/analytical brain-power is a very different type of intelligence from the kind of bodily intelligence that makes someone a graceful gymnast or a super athlete; while there is often some cross-over between the kinds of intelligence that make for good mathematicians and good musicians, the kinds of intelligence that are brought to bear on different parts of our lives get developed in different ways.
One of the more controversial and overlooked types of intelligence is Emotional Intelligence. I do not agree with the idea that one's EQ is in some way opposite from the IQ, the standard intelligence quotient idea (which in and of itself is calculated and reliant on different criteria depending upon the test). I don't believe that Goleman ever makes such a dramatic claim as to show a precise inverse relationship between the EQ and IQ. He does show that there are different kinds of difficulties that can arise, and that a high IQ does not necessarily (or even often) translate into a high EQ.
After a brief introduction exploring the general issues of intelligence and the power of emotions, Goleman
looks at new discoveries in brain anatomy and architecture, particularly as it pertains to what happens when emotions `take over'. The second, and longest, section of the book looks at the nature of Emotional Intelligence. This is being able to understand oneself as well as others, being able to control emotions (or not), and drawing on Aristotle's phrase from the Nicomachean Ethics, being able to have the right degree of emotion at the right time for the right reason for the right duration.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Over rated 2 July 2013
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This book is very good at emphasising how important emotional intelligence is, and after hearing all the evidence the author gives, it is hard to disagree. However there is absolutely no information on how we can improve our eq at all. I consider myself to be someone in need of a higher eq. listening to this just made me think yeah I wish I had some of that, but I don't. If you do have a high eq you will probably like this book because it make you feel pretty smug.
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44 of 49 people found the following review helpful
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This book, although giving some information on how using our emotional aptitude in our own lives, is useful mainly as a theoretical thesis on Goleman's idea that emotions are more important than IQ. As a practical guide this is a very important piece of work for new parents or soon to be parents who want to know the best possible way to raise a child but also why they should strive to teach their child in that manner. Goleman packs EI with statistics, facts and case studies to back up his point so it is difficult to doubt the sincerity of what he writes.
For the rest of us this is an insightful study of the furthering of the "nature/nurture" debate (i.e. are we what we are because we were born that way or are we socialised throughout childhood to be that way?). Goleman emphasises on the "nurture" school of thought that means that if his assertions are to be taken seriously and popularly throughout society institutions such as the law and education would have to be revised as it would seem the socialisation process is more to blame than the individual who's emotional IQ is a product of his/her upbringing.
By the end of the book I felt I was a little closer to understanding the human condition. The wealth of information Goleman brings to the subject can be head-spinning in its density and richness at some points but the language is always clear and well written.
All in all, an original look at a formally neglected aspect of psychology and defiantly one to watch as the field progresses.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Horribly boring
Mind kept wandering off into the distance just couldn't connect with the book .. Struggled to learn because I couldn't connect
Published 26 days ago by Mary
5.0 out of 5 stars very insightful
I was slightly put off by the title, but found the clear explanations and conclusions into the workings of the brain and our psychological behaviour really interesting and useful... Read more
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More people should own this book. Daniel Goleman is also on LinkedIn (found the details in the book) and I am now an avid follower of Mr Goleman's work. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Petunia
5.0 out of 5 stars Hard to hear but good to know
Really insightful and scientifically heavy. Opened my eyes to some of my impulsive behaviour and made me think before I speak.
Published 1 month ago by Daniel Hanrahan
4.0 out of 5 stars Informative and a very good read
Drills down to explain how emotion can shape our decisions and how we can use this to our benefit.
I have used this book as part of my studies into management and leadership. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Compelling read
A must read for every parent and an insight into everyone's day to day life. It will change your outlook.
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Best book of this type I've ever read. I have worked in Early years for 14 years and have an 18.and 19 year old. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!
This book is excellent and it has helped me understand the subject better. This book is an excellent choice on the subject.
Published 3 months ago by Marta I.
5.0 out of 5 stars Important book for anyone to read, who experiences emotional upset,...
This was a great book recommended from a martial arts site but particularly important for a person who find it hard to control emotions.
Published 4 months ago by robin ross
5.0 out of 5 stars great read
Al it of the concepts were explained as kids. It was good to see a scientific reason applied to these insights.
Published 4 months ago by Rohit Ravichander
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