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Emotional Intelligence: Why It Can Matter More Than IQ [Kindle Edition]

Daniel Goleman
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The groundbreaking bestseller that redefines intelligence and success

Does IQ define our destiny? Daniel Goleman argues that our view of human intelligence is far too narrow, and that our emotions play major role in thought, decision making and individual success. Self-awareness, impulse control, persistence, motivation, empathy and social deftness are all qualities that mark people who excel: whose relationships flourish, who are stars in the workplace. With new insights into the brain architecture underlying emotion and rationality, Goleman shows precisely how emotional intelligence can be nurtured and strengthened in all of us.

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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.


'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

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 937 KB
  • Print Length: 369 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing; 1 edition (20 July 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (129 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #9,936 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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94 of 98 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Primarily for Parents 20 Dec. 2005
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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97 of 102 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
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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152 of 160 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This book could save my relationship 18 Jan. 2006
By A Customer
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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32 of 36 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Life Intelligence 31 Oct. 2006
By Andy
This book is not just about getting on better in the work place, but getting on better in life in general. I came to read this book through a desire to try and better myself and from reading `self help' books from authors like Susan Jeffers and Paul McKenna. Having only just finished reading it, it is to early to say whether what I have learned will be of long term benefit in terms of my career and other problems like occasional social anxiety and comfort eating. The book challenges you to confront unhelpful and self-defeating thoughts when they arise and to locate where and when they first came from. It is fair to say that this book has given me a huge insight into why I think the way I do and the possible reasons why I am the way I am. Although it does not go into practical solutions to deeply, it does give you insights into your own emotional thinking and that alone I believe can be of enormous benefit. I now feel I have a fresh desire and impetus to push through these ways of thinking. If you have problems in your life like me then this book could help to give you the same insights.
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46 of 52 people found the following review helpful
Format:Mass Market Paperback
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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