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)
This is a very interesting book, but it mostly concentrates in showing the importance of EQ, and training to improve it. But it covers less how to do it.
A book to think about yourself. Your life experience and change. The interior change to you, your friends, your kids at least; ;your life. Fantastic observations great conclusions.
Definitely worth the reading or listening. I never really knew how important EI was until this book. I am looking forward to listening Working with Emotional Intelligence.
While the material is interesting and makes it worth the tedium of getting through the book, the narration was on the level of voice recognition. It was virtually monotone.
A lot of reviews suggested the performance was computer like and I agree, to an extent. At first, it was a little difficult to understand but as I focused it became easier to follow.
The topic of emotional intelligence has opened to my eyes to the undertones of life and I feel there are powerful lessons for anyone contained inside this book.
No, the content is excellent but my only complain is related to the robotic quality of Mr. Whitener's performance as the narrator. Fortunately, the material was very interesting and I managed to get past this after the first couple of chapters. The final two chapters are the appendix, which I could've skipped if I had a chance to view them in print. I listened since I was hoping they would enhance my experience but I had to wait until the very end to be able to hear Dr. Goleman's closing comments (which are a bit redundant, but good nonetheless).
Getting to understand the brain circuitry behind human emotions and alternatives to manage them.
I believe the preface is narrated by the author itself, and he delivers a far more passionate insight on the materials covered by his book. I'd also choose Morgan Freeman, everything sounds better with Morgan Freeman's voice.
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