7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
This review is from: Teach Yourself Emotional Intelligence (Paperback)
Good book. So much information that I had to read it twice and I still haven't taken it all in. The basic idea is awareness and management of your emotions and those of others. There are concepts here that everyone will find useful - all you need is a willingness to learn more about yourself. It can be scary at times to see the low level (or absence) of some of these principles in ourselves, but self-realisation is the first step towards improvement in any area.
It's not perfect. Some of the exercises are a bit vague and could benefit from an example. Also, there is a tendency to see things in
black and white with no middle ground. Certain things about the reader are assumed - family/friends who are willing to let you practice your new-found skills, various past experiences ready to be recalled. The last section is about using EI in the work place, in intimate relationships and with children - 3 areas that are not open to many people. And some of the sections are annoyingly short, but it is a small book.
However, I would recommend reading this book (at least once). We can all learn something from it.