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Emotional Intelligence | [Daniel Goleman, Ph.D.]

Emotional Intelligence

Is IQ destiny? Not nearly as much as we think. This fascinating and persuasive program argues that our view of human intelligence is far too narrow, ignoring a crucial range of abilities - emotional intelligence - that matter immensely in terms of how we do in life.
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Publisher's Summary

Is IQ destiny? Not nearly as much as we think. This fascinating and persuasive program argues that our view of human intelligence is far too narrow, ignoring a crucial range of abilities that matter immensely in terms of how we do in life.

Drawing on groundbreaking brain and behavioral research, Daniel Goleman shows the factors at work when people of high IQ flounder and those of modest IQ do well. These factors add up to a different way of being smart - one he terms "emotional intelligence." This includes self-awareness and impulse control, persistence, zeal and self-motivation, empathy, and social deftness.

These qualities mark people who excel in life, whose relationships flourish, who are stars in the workplace. Lack of emotional intelligence can sabotage the intellect and ruin careers. Perhaps the greatest toll is on children, for whom risks include depression, eating disorders, unwanted pregnancies, aggressiveness, and crime.

But the news is hopeful. Emotional intelligence is not fixed at birth, and the author shows how its vital qualities can be nurtured and strengthened in all of us. And because the emotional lessons a child learns actually sculpt the brain's circuitry, he provides guidance as to how parents and schools can best use this window of opportunity in childhood. The message of this eye-opening program is one we must take to heart: the true "bell curve" for a democracy must measure emotional intelligence.

©1995 Daniel Goleman; (P)2001 Books on Tape Inc., Published by Audio Renaissance, a Division of Holtzbrinck Publishers LLC

What the Critics Say

"Fascinating...well-researched...an engrossing, captivating work." (Booklist)
"Impressive in its scope and depth, staggering in its implications." (Jon Kabat-Zinn, Ph.D., author of Wherever You Go, There You Are)

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    steven moll Ball State University 01-06-15
    steven moll Ball State University 01-06-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Interesting topic, boring listen"

    I really enjoyed the topic. This book is packed full of really incredible information that I will try to utilize in my life. Unfortunately, the author goes so far in depth and uses repetitive examples that it was a struggle to finish.

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    Lannah Mason 12-31-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Great book, but not what I expected"

    I went into this book hoping to learn the practical ways to improve my personal emotional intelligence. Instead it is a guide or overview about the psychology and importance of emotion intelligence. This is a great foundation for any one who wants to learn more about emotional intelligence.

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    greggm 10-02-14
    greggm 10-02-14
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    "Excellent Listen"
    Would you listen to Emotional Intelligence again? Why?

    This audio book has so many great insights and facts that it is hard to remember them all. I have enjoyed listening to this.


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    Barry 06-15-14
    Barry 06-15-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Great read"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    yes, This book offered wonderful explanations of how the brain works. I expected more of an emotional therapeutic book, which it is, but I really enjoyed the fundamental explanations of how the brain works.


    What other book might you compare Emotional Intelligence to and why?

    For sports focus, I also read and enjoyed “The inner game of Tennis”, I believe these book complement each other in some regards.... but overall the scope of these two books are pretty far apart.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The book is good, the annex at the end where the author explains the decision making process involved in waking up in the middle of the night to a strange noise was insightful. The first annex or two aren’t really suited for audio so much, but you need to stay with it through this one at least!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    mario United States 03-27-14
    mario United States 03-27-14 Member Since 2013

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    "A skill to learn"
    Would you listen to Emotional Intelligence again? Why?

    Daniel Goleman is the father of emotional intelligence, an essential skill not only to succeed in life but also to happiness. This book is a must-read for professionals, parents and educators.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Atilla Thornhill, ON, Canada 03-06-14
    Atilla Thornhill, ON, Canada 03-06-14 Listener Since 2005
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    "You may need to listen more than once or twice"
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    Awesome book loved it, however it does sound a bit complicated and you may need to listen more than once for sure to really understand it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Teadrinker Oak Ridge, NJ, United States 02-13-14
    Teadrinker Oak Ridge, NJ, United States 02-13-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Emotional Intelligence Rules!"

    I really enjoyed this book. As an academic at a technological research institution, many of my peers think that emotions don't exist. Consequently, emotional intelligence is a very useful competitive tool on par with, say, using performance enhancing drugs to stay up all night tabulating test results. Oh well.

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    David R. Reed Northglenn, CO 01-06-14
    David R. Reed Northglenn, CO 01-06-14 Member Since 2015
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    "A Rich Understanding of Our Emotional Lives!"
    If you could sum up Emotional Intelligence in three words, what would they be?

    Absolutely vital information!


    What other book might you compare Emotional Intelligence to and why?

    Goleman's Social Intelligence for deepening and applying the power of our inherent emotional brilliance to enriching our own lives, relationships and the world we all share.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    What I learned amazed and delighted me...I feel much more empowered in my life from listening to Emotional Intelligence. In fact, I know I am more wisely empowered.


    Any additional comments?

    Daniel Goleman's Emotional Intelligence - a long yet interesting and invaluable listen from Audible - has been great. I've now started with Social Intelligence by Goleman to learn more about applying the lessons and info he shares. Both are highly recommended!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Angry Squirrel 12-17-13
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    "Un-listenable"
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    This is possibly the worst narration I have ever heard. I read the book in print and wanted to listen to it in the car as a refresher. I saw some of the comments warning of poor narration, but thought, 'how bad can it really be'? Turns out... pretty horrible. I couldn't make it through the whole book. I think they recruited the guy who narrated all of those 1950's science filmstrips, except he keeps mispronouncing words. The book is great, but avoid the audiobook.

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    micje north hills, CA, United States 11-25-13
    micje north hills, CA, United States 11-25-13
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    "Amazing for those who struggles with relationship"
    Would you listen to Emotional Intelligence again? Why?

    Yes. Emotional Intelligence brought me a sort of questions about myself that I have never found anywhere else or thought about it. It made me understand why woman is so motivated by emotions while man is more rational.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Emotional Intelligence?

    When he says that woman get in an intimate relationship, so the physical attraction she feels confuses her with emotional attraction because of the closeness of these two areas in the brain, while man knows how to distinguish these attractions because he has these two areas on the opposite sides.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I don't know if it was my favorite or the most shocking part is when he says that woman has their emotional part in the brain 8 times bigger than the man.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I loved everything about the book, but when he starts to get too scientifically, then it was a little boring, but still interesting.


    Any additional comments?

    I believe all women in the planet should read this book and try to fix themselves from this emotional roller coaster that is their emotional lives by understanding a little bit more about their own and to shift their perspective in how to be a woman that is emotional intelligent.

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  • Kenton
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    4/23/08
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    "good, but who narrated this? Stephen Hawking?"

    very good explaination about our brains and our emotions and why we think the way we do. The narrative frequently uses good examples to explain what might be rather dry subject matter without losing us too much. Yes it is complex stuff but i think it gets to the heart of why we are the way we are (especially under stress) better than anything else I've read or heard.
    One off point - the narrator sounds like a computer, and once you get that thought into your head all you can picture is Stephen Hawking's electronic voice machine bleeping out words with the same monotone noise '..see apendix A' is probably not best read out even though it might be printed in the book. And the music at the end of each chapter drowns out what is being said for about 2 minutes. I think if I was the author I'd get this re-done. Other than that, top quality content :)

    16 of 16 people found this review helpful
  • Alistair
    Norwich, United Kingdom
    4/27/09
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    "too long"

    There were some interesting ideas in this book but I wish I had bought the abridged version in the end. At the end I thought the book was too flabby and needed to be slimmed down a bit so that interest could be maintained.

    10 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • A
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    3/25/13
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    "13-hour announcement"

    Oh how I wish I'd read the reviews beforehand, particularly the one by Kenton. Four months after purchasing this I am only somewhat over half way through trying to listen to it, rationing it in fairly small doses between listening to other books. I can not give a fair appraisal of the content (for what it's worth, I'd guess 3 to 4 stars) because the grating narration is such a distraction. My rating is for this edition, not the book. Initially I assumed it was the author being allowed to read his own book as it sounds so amateurish, but no. (Incidentally, it is the author who reads the intro and he's very good; he should have carried on.) It is not so much narrrated but more "read out loud", like a 13-hour announcement. The narrator's main aim seems to be to enunciate every syllable in a pernickety fashion, often with rather idiosyncratic pronunciations (wheap-on, opp-ir-toonih-tee, lid-ih-rah-tyoor, con-sor-shum) and in a rather nasal tone and with minimal emotion and scant conveyance of meaning. Yes it could almost be a speech synthesiser. I was several hours in before I could think of anything other than the narration when listening (how did this guy get the gig?). I did wonder if my attitude was in part due to some prejudice at the American accent (though I've listened to several audio books in American accents without it being an issue) but think at worse this renders some unusual terms or laboured pronunciations more noticeable rather than being a fundamental issue. What's more, the American reviews (at audible.com) are also negative to scathing about the narration. I don't normally go for abridged books, and with a better narration I may have loved this unabridged one, but I'd advise going for the abridged version here, if for no other reason than that it is narrated by Goleman himself.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Jack
    London, UK
    8/21/12
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    "Boring"

    Boring, don't recommended at all, poor narrator, definately waste of money, very poor start, not enjoyed at all.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Bogdan
    7/26/15
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    "I wish I'd read it earlier."

    Listening to this book was ok but there is a lot of numerical information that is hard to follow without seeing it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • nkem Stewart
    6/1/15
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    "My review"

    Love it, but at times it was very technical, would like better if the reader was more dramatic in his reading.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • L. Osborne
    Nottingham
    4/2/15
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    "Great but dated"

    Cutting edge at the time and still very useful but I'm sure there are more up to date books out there.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Reza
    2/19/15
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    "Emotional Intelligence review"

    The voice of the narrator is terrible, but the content is great. This was an enjoyable listening experience for me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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