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David Howe
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25 April 2008 0230202780 978-0230202788
Elegantly and succinctly, David Howe explains the theory of emotional intelligence - and its vital practical value - to an audience of students and practitioners across a range of human services and caring professions. He makes a powerful case for the importance of understanding and managing emotions for effective professional practice.

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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan (25 April 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0230202780
  • ISBN-13: 978-0230202788
  • Product Dimensions: 20 x 13 x 1.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 38,220 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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After a degree in the natural sciences and careers in teaching and social work, in 1976 I took up a post as lecturer at the University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK. I am currently an Emeritus Professor in the School of Social Work and Psychology at UEA. Over the years, my research and writing interests have included social work theory, adoption, emotional intelligence, empathy, attachment theory, and child abuse and neglect. To date, I have written 17 books. I have a new book due out November 2012 - "EMPATHY: What it is and why it matters", published by Palgrave Macmillan.

And when I'm not writing, you might spot me on top of a mountain in the Lake District or Scotland. Or find me wandering a coastal path in Cornwall, Norfolk or Pembroke. There was a time when I could climb, walk and think about my next book. But now I'm getting old and retired, it takes all my energy just to get up a hill, never mind think at the same time.

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'It is exciting to see what David Howe has been up to! Written by a highly regarded 'thinker' and writer within the social work field, this book is well structured and comprehensive in its coverage. Readers will get something from the book which will help not only their professional, but also their personal lives.' - Viv Cree, The University of Edinburgh 
 
'This is a delightful treasure of a book. It will appeal to practitioners from a wide range of helping professions because it gets to the core of what it means to be a feeling human engaged in helping relationships. It brilliantly sensitises us to the nature and function of the emotions and how emotionally attuned interventions can help service users to have better lives and similarly enriches the self-understanding of social workers, therapists, counsellors and support workers themselves. A truly loveable book.' - Harry Ferguson, University of West of England
  
'This book is a welcome start in exploring the significance of emotion in social work.' - Angela Shaw, Professional Social Work

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"It is exciting to see what David Howe has been up to! Written by a highly regarded `thinker' and writer within the social work field, this book is well structured and comprehensive in its coverage. Readers will get something from the book which will help not only their professional, but also their personal lives."

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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Emotionally intelligent book 19 April 2010
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As a mental health practitioner I have found this book very useful in thinking about how emotions influence our lives. As Howe says at the very start of the book 'We are creatures saturated by feelings'. The book is easy to read and looks at the importance of being able regulate our emotions in order to function well, not just with our emotions and feelings, but in every sphere of life e.g. academically and socially. The concept of 'emotional intelligence' is clearly explained as are the conditions under which this is nurtured and developed. The book also gives a good developmental view of emotional development and the importance of attachment. How will it help social workers? Howe postulates that sensitive practitioners (who are emotionally intelligent) are more likely to work well with clients who, through their life experiences, are likely to be afflicted by all sort of difficulties, especially chronic stress. In common with other research, Howe states that the quality of the relationship between client and worker is the most significant way that positive change can be created as clients may then take the risk to change. This is in the context of a relationship where powerful feelings - often negative - can be tolerated and understood. In the beleaguered world of social work I found this a refreshing book that should be on all social work courses as a strong antidote to the bureaucratic and form filling endeavours that are robbing social workers of their most powerful assets - themselves (or their emotional selves, as Howe might say) . My only criticism is that among the therapeutic approaches considered, Howe does not mention the systemic approach, most popularly used in family therapy. As this is a common therapeutic framework used in both social work and child mental health settings, I wondered why it was absent. However, all in all, this is a great book that I will be using and referring to regularly in my work.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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An interesting read about understanding emotional welfare with link to attachment theory and why people behave in certain ways at times of emotional stress.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must buy for placement 5 Feb 2013
By emma
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This book is easy to read and understand. It helps to guide students on their first placements to understand and use their emotions appropriately with regards to service users.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love it 16 Jan 2013
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I think David Howe is one of my favourite writers. I would recommend this book for anyone who is interested in how people communicate and what lies beneath. It explores more deeply the aspects that contribute to good communication and also helps you to understand yourself as a practitioner.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By beans
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I have only dipped in and out of this book so far as reference material for an essay.
I feel that this may be the beauty of this book, I can refer back to it throughout my studies and future career to remind myself of the important factors required of an emotionally intelligent social worker.
It is easy to understand and very readable.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Invaluable for my course work 5 May 2012
By lozza4
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My uni course required me to have read a lot of the chapters in this book. It therefore cost less to purchase it rather than photocopy what I needed. It was invaluable for my assignments.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Another excellnet book from David Howe 6 Feb 2010
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I have read many books from David Howe and this expands on his attachment work and fits in well with working with families
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5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent book 3 Mar 2012
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This book was on my reading list for my social work degree module. When I started reading it I loved it immediately. Very clear and has really made me think about my own reactions, emotions and responses to situations. It is easy to read and retain the information. I can't say a bad thing about it.
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