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 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.
In this book Daniel Goleman gives excellent examples of how to utilize emotional intelligence.
The only negative thing is that Daniel Goleman narrates the first chapter only.
The concept of EQ is nothing new. This book is supposed to have been the watershed moment for the birth of Emotional Intelligence worldwide. Having trained several people in EQ and the improvement thereof I made a promise to myself to read the source work in EQ. What a poor start... My personal opinion is that if this book really unlocked public attention to this concept there must not have been anything else.
Thank goodness the research in EQ and positive psychology has progressed to where it is today.
What did I not like about this book?
The repetitive morbid examples of what happens to people when they lack EQ or emotional and social competence. The book reads more like a narrative version of the DSM-IV with examples than a book on EQ.
What did I like about the book?
Some claims about EQ attributed to Daniel Goleman has been cleared up. Particularly the claim that 80% of our success comes from EQ.
Maybe this review is slightly harsh if you put the time into context, but thankfully we have progressed as a profession and a scientific field of study.
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.
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