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  • Paperback: 403 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam Books; Reprint edition (31 July 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 055338449X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553384499
  • Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 2.2 x 20.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,843,190 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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"[Goleman] uses the emerging science of neuro-sociology to show how priming our brains for meaningful connectivity with others can make the world a better place... Fascinating" (Sunday Telegraph)

"Daniel Goleman understands people. He has a keen appreciation for the scientific basis of why we are the way we are - why some of us are natural flirts while others of us have a hard time getting a second date; why some of us are wired to make a great first impression at a job interview while others are useless at navigating office politics." (Financial Times)

"A rich compendium of recent developments in developmental and social psychology and the burgeoning field of social neuroscience... There is a great deal in Goleman's book to interest and inform the general reader who may still think Freud is the last word on the science of human relationships." (New Scientist)

"An easy and enjoyable read... An easy introduction to all sorts of new areas in psychology. It should improve your dinner-party conversational skills and provide useful snippets for any presentation." (Management Today) --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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A major book from the author of the bestselling Emotional Intelligence. Social Intelligence does for relationships what Emotional Intelligence did for emotions: brings readers a radically different way of thinking about themselves and their world. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Rolf Dobelli TOP 500 REVIEWER on 3 Jun 2008
Format: Hardcover
In 1997, Daniel Goleman published his book Emotional Intelligence which launched that powerful concept. He followed it with several related books, such as Working with Emotional Intelligence. This book is the natural outgrowth of Goleman's ongoing work, so it will be immediately appealing to anyone who found his earlier books useful. However, this volume also deserves to be read on its own account. Goleman writes well. He synthesizes a broad range of thinkers and encapsulates numerous studies smoothly. And two other assets really make the book flow: First, a real sense of Goleman as a person comes through in the book's numerous personal anecdotes; second, Goleman has a great attitude. He clearly believes in the good in people and wants them to prosper. He cares and that comes through as well. Since part of this book is about the effects of rapport and supportive emotional interactions, these are not minor or casual points; in fact, they illustrate his claims. getAbstract warmly recommends this book to anyone who wants to understand social intelligence or to improve performance by improving organizational culture.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Amazon chick on 11 Jun 2009
Format: Paperback
Just what I needed. Why are we not given a copy of this book in teacher training? And why are we not told the secrets of emotions and encouraged to use them positively and constructively rather than to belittle, humiliate and get our own way?

Working with special needs students, this book puts into perspective the role of social understanding and highlights the reasons why so many children have issues with their peers, with authority and with other adults in their lives. It explains why I had such issues....

Anything by Goleman is worth buying. Be sure to read it and pass on the understanding to at least 10 other people. Your wish will come true.....!
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By M. Barnett on 18 Sep 2007
Format: Hardcover
This book is a worthy follow up to his previous block-buster. If it popularises the overwhelming importance of relationships it will have filled a big hole in mainstream thinking, which remains dominated by an aversion to recognising such issues, treating them as 'soft' and unproven and unscientific.
Read it and then give it to anyone and everyone who will read it. After 30 years working in mental health I think that our relationships are the most important choices we will ever make. You cannot choose who you were born to, but you can go some way to choosing who you live with and how you care for them.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Elizabth Cleary on 12 July 2013
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I borrowed this book from my son, and gobble-read it, enjoying every page - and challenged by all the new (to me) ideas it contained.
So I bought a copy for myself, and am re-reading it more slowly, but still enjoying it immensely. At 76 years old, I feel very lucky to have access to new thinking, and am hoping the challenge of studying this material will keep my own brain in good trim.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By LilyS on 18 July 2010
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I read this book after "emotional intelligence", both were very interesting; made things more clear about human relationships and our dependence on one another...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Veliota Drosou on 9 Oct 2013
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Lovelly book, interesting and easy to read for someone who is not acquainted with psychology or related fields definitely recomended
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23 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Alex on 21 Sep 2008
Format: Paperback
I enjoy reading about social science and psycholgoy but I was disappointed by this book. The research is very sound and there are lots of chapter notes and references if that is what you are looking for. But from my personal perspective, this wasn't the book I was looking for.

Firstly, the book is very descriptive and tends to elaborate on lots of research in lots of detail rather than telling you the practical implications of the research. I want to know: What can I do to improve my 'social intelligence'? But that's not really what the book's focus is on.

My other comment is that the book could be about half the length. Goleman has a very flowery writing style and tends to string together really lengthy sentences that sometimes require reading twice.

If you want a book that covers the latest research in interpersonal communication, this book is for you. If you want a book that helps you in your life or career, I'd skip this one.
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