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The Student EQ Edge: Emotional Intelligence and Your Academic and Personal Success [Paperback]

Steven J. Stein , Howard E. Book , Korrel Kanoy

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22 Feb 2013 111809459X 978-1118094594 1
Many students who are intellectually capable of succeeding have difficulties with a variety of non–cognitive competencies such as time and stress management, establishing positive relationships, and making wise decisions. They often adopt dysfunctional coping styles that can cripple their academic efforts. Increasingly, one of the missing factors in student success seems to be emotional intelligence. Written specifically for students by recognized authorities in emotional intelligence, this book will help them understand and develop their emotional intelligence in order to enjoy a richer learning experience and superior academic achievement. The Student EQ Edge provides a thorough grounding in what emotional intelligence is, why it is different from one’s intelligence quotient, and how emotional intelligence skills can make a student a “star performer.” Grounded in the classic work of Dr. Reuven Bar–On, the book discusses each realm of emotional intelligence: The Intrapersonal Realm: self–awareness, assertiveness, and independence; The Interpersonal Realm: empathy and social responsibility; The Adaptability Realm: problem solving, flexibility, and decision making; The Stress Management Realm: stress tolerance and impulse control; and The General Mood Realm: happiness and optimism. The book helps students move from understanding of the concepts to action through reflection and discussion questions. A perfect companion is The Student EQ Edge: Student Workbook.

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“The perfect trilogy in one package! Stein, Book, and Kanoy have taken emotional intelligence (EI) from the laboratory of theory and scientific research and created a practical, relevant, and engaging program for students in secondary and postsecondary settings. Using the revised Bar–On EI model, this hands–on and user–friendly program includes the book, student workbook, and facilitation and activity guide and is backed by a wealth of practical experience and supporting studies. It has importance, meaning, and direct relevance to all students. As B. F. Skinner once asked, ‘What will the world be like in 50 years?’ The Student EQ Edge gives promise to finding the best answer.” —Don Saklofske, professor, Psychology Department, Western University

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STEVEN J. STEIN is a clinical psychologist and founder and CEO of Multi-Health Systems Inc. He is coauthor, with Howard Book, of "The EQ Edge."HOWARD E. BOOK is an organizational consultant and psychiatrist. He is an associate professor in the department of psychiatry at the University of Toronto.KORREL KANOY is professor emeritus of psychology at William Peace University and an educational consultant.The book is sponsored by Multi-Health Systems (MHS), which has been publishing psychological assessments for 30 years.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent for college or college-bound students 28 Dec 2013
By D. Williams - Published on Amazon.com
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The main reason young people don’t succeed in school or the working world isn’t necessarily a lack of intelligence in the academic sense, but often because of a lack of emotional intelligence – realizing what they and others are feeling, managing their emotions (particularly impulse control and stress), and managing their time (which does fall, in a way, under impulse control or self-discipline).

Many colleges, both two-year and four-year, are now requiring students to take a class during their first semester to learn about emotional intelligence, study skills, time management, and more. These colleges do show significant improvement in success and retention (students not dropping out during the semester and returning the next semester).

This book would be an excellent textbook for such classes. It has a good introduction to what EI (emotional intelligence) is, then one chapter for each of the sixteen elements of EI. Each of these chapters begins with a definition from Multi-Health Symptoms of the element of EI discussed in that chapter; thorough, down-to-earth examples that students can understand; and then how to improve one’s self in that element of EI. The authors stress the point that though IQ can rarely change, people can change their EI.

I can highly recommend this book to any and all college students and college-bound high school students. The authors are very knowledgeable in psychology and psychiatry, but they have produced a very readable text for this age group that can help them succeed in college and the working world.

Who I am: I’m an instructor of English at a two-year college.

Why I chose this book: Our college is emphasizing EI in a program called LEAP, and I wanted to read more about EI.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good subject matter for the modern age 20 Feb 2014
By Ashley Mott - Published on Amazon.com
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I have been reading a lot about social capital here lately, and I think this book does that one better by introducing concepts related to emotional intelligence that can help young people develop the study skills and larger life skills that will help the develop long-lasting bonds to develop social capital in the first place.

In an age of social media, many students need help grappling with issues like time management and how to make decisions that alter my life for longer than the next five minutes. This book is excellent for addressing these issues in an easy-to-read manner with a nicely designed format that will appear to teens and older students as well.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A re-written version of their "real" book. 19 Feb 2014
By Jesse D. Walker - Published on Amazon.com
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There's good stuff in this book, but I'd probably suggest skipping this "for students" version and just buying the original book which is almost exactly the same, but more broadly applicable. In this "student" version, they've made all (or most) of the examples students, mostly at the university level, but have conveyed the exact same information otherwise. While I suppose that makes it slightly more targeted to the young academic audience, those students would also be perfectly capable of extracting the same worth from the original book, and would be more likely to keep and refer to it long after their four years of college were up.

Emotional intelligence is an extremely important subject, and the book does a good job of conveying it and showing how it can be improved in a variety of ways. In my case, I'm finishing up a graduate degree (and am therefore still a "student"), but even as an undergrad or HS student I would have preferred the original EQ Edge book. I suppose some might appreciate the more targeted version, and it would certainly make a decent gift for someone headed off to college (about the perfect age for this information, in my opinion)... just consider getting them the non-student version instead?
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4.0 out of 5 stars Easy to read, usable and implementable advice... 30 Jan 2014
By Denise Crawford - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is perfect for the individual looking to either improve low emotional intelligence or for those who just want to find ways to make themselves even better. While I personally don't agree with the premise that EQ is more important than IQ, I think we can all agree that a smart person who alienates others is often less successful in making friends and potentially winning over interviewers, professors, coworkers, or bosses.

Steven Stein provides excerpts of dialogue as a way of teaching his concepts. The advice is easy to read and understand. The author shows you things that, once you read, you realize are basically common sense -- you just hadn't really thought about it. This book is a good choice for the older adolescent or young adult looking to improve him/herself and achieve academic and personal success. I found it to be geared toward the young people such as students and/or those starting a career. There are tips in the book, however, that anyone can use -- regardless of age.

I would recommend this self-help book to students looking to improve their EQ or to others who are pursuing jobs where interpersonal communication defines success -- which seems to be quite important in this day and age of the team approach in the workplace. The book would make a great gift for high school or college graduation.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Simplistic 17 Jan 2014
By Antigone Walsh - Published on Amazon.com
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Although easy to read, this book offers up large doses of simplistic problems with painfully obvious answers. Granted, mastery of the soft skills encompassed by EQ are important but this book is too superficial in its coverage. Studies are referenced and there is a generous notes section. The references are dated, Seinfeld, really? And frankly, using Princess Diana as the model of social responsibility was laughable. While she may have been a pleasant enough person she was essentially a media created celebrity. Posing for pictures with sick people or advocating for obviously unobjectionable causes (land mines) pales in face of the humility and impact of Mother Theresa or the courage of activists such as Lech Walesa.

Most of the information is valid but it lacks the depth of a text and the practicality of the best self help books. I don't know that most students would have either the time or patience to invest in this book. Pass.
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