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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Professor and Consultant in Strategic Project Management
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.
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.
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.
Absolutely vital information!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
I loved everything about the book, but when he starts to get too scientifically, then it was a little boring, but still interesting.
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.
"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 :)
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.
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.
Boring, don't recommended at all, poor narrator, definately waste of money, very poor start, not enjoyed at all.
"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.
Love it, but at times it was very technical, would like better if the reader was more dramatic in his reading.
"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.
"Emotional Intelligence review"
The voice of the narrator is terrible, but the content is great. This was an enjoyable listening experience for me.
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