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
"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)
I wish I could imbue this into the brain of every educator on the planet. Now to put it into further action in myself! :)
It is a classic book, with great insight.
I would prefer Daniel Goleman narrate.
It is extremely difficult to stay focused on the material because of the narrator.
This book should be a series of books dedicated to each aspect, self help, psychology, and educating. The combination of all this topics made me disinterested in 80 % of the book.
The content of the book was useful, but the reading was berry difficult to follow as it seemed to be ready a computer (though it was read by the author)
this book is phenomenal in the message. the only part I didn't like was the narrator sounds like a dud reading a text book. if everyone in the world took the information in this book to hear the world would be much happier and peaceful.
Entrepreneur and Consultant - Business, Innovation Management, Technology Transfer, Information Technology. EE-Ms.C., MBA.
I am far from giving a real professional review of this landmark book.
I just listened and listened well as there are so many insights I find useful for me as a person, for my spouse and family, as well as for my work.
I believe self-awareness, the most significant part of emotional intelligence, is a significant part of what make a man become a mensch.
this book has helped answer many life questions and understand my deepest struggles. a must read for those who dont know why they feel a certain way, as well as better understand ways to communicate with loved ones who are afflicted.
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