- Mass Market Paperback: 368 pages
- Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC; New edition edition (12 Sept. 1996)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0747528306
- ISBN-13: 978-0747528302
- Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.4 x 19.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (209 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,033 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Emotional Intelligence: Why it Can Matter More Than IQ Mass Market Paperback – 12 Sep 1996
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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. --Amazon.com
'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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I begin by recommending the excellent review by Lars - a clear, well-written summary of the major points in the book.
Here I will focus on 3 topics from the book: 1) the evolution of brain mechanisms for emotional and rational behavior; 2) how these mechanisms can be hijacked in modern life, both accidentally and intentionally; and 3) the critical need for properly balancing emotion and rational thought in ourselves and our society. The latter challenge has given rise to extremely important research and training endeavors, and I believe these will become even more important in the foreseeable future. I see these endeavors as promising and significant career paths for those who pursue them.
For more information on the brain systems discussed below, McGill University has an excellent web site, with helpful graphics, background and discussion at three levels of complexity, starting with the basics. The links below are to this site.
To understand Goleman’s message, it is important to consider the human brain as an evolutionary sequence. We can think of it as a layer cake, assembled one layer at a time. The important point is that each layer in the sequence was originally the 'executive' in a functioning brain, with no obvious need for a higher layer. We can think about this sequence by considering a frog, a ‘primitive’ mammal such as a mouse, and a human.
The most obvious difference among these three brains is the relative amount of cerebral (neo)cortex.Read more ›
If you have an interest into Emotional Intelligence, this is probably considered the bible on it.
It's a shame there is not a simplified version of this book for the less academically able which could be very useful for society as a whole. Maybe a subject in schools even. 'Prevention is better than cure' as the saying goes.