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Social Intelligence: The New Science of Human Relationships | [Daniel Goleman]

Social Intelligence: The New Science of Human Relationships

Emotional Intelligence was a phenomenon, selling more than five million copies worldwide. Now, in Social Intelligence, Daniel Goleman explores an emerging science with startling implications for our interpersonal world. Its most amazing discovery: we are "wired to connect", designed for sociability, constantly engaged in a "neural ballet" that connects us, brain to brain, with those around us.
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Emotional Intelligence was a phenomenon, selling more than five million copies worldwide. Now, in Social Intelligence, Daniel Goleman explores an emerging science with startling implications for our interpersonal world. Its most amazing discovery: we are "wired to connect", designed for sociability, constantly engaged in a "neural ballet" that connects us, brain to brain, with those around us.

Far more than we are consciously aware, our daily encounters shape our brains and affect cells throughout our bodies. Our reactions to others send out cascades of hormones that regulate everything from our hearts to our immune systems, making good relationships act like vitamins, and bad relationships like poisons. Here, Daniel Goleman explains how we can use our astonishing capacity for "mindsight" to answer some of life's most essential questions: Is there a way to raise our children to be happy? What is the basis of a nourishing marriage? How can business leaders and teachers inspire the best in those they lead and teach? How can groups divided by prejudice and hatred come to live together in peace?

Goleman's heartening news is that humans have a built-in bias toward empathy, cooperation, and altruism, provided we develop the social intelligence to nurture these capabilities in ourselves and others.

©2006 Daniel Goleman; (P)2006 Audio Renaissance, a division of Holtzbrinck Publishers, LLC

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    Eric Central Point, OR, United States 10-29-12
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    "Should be required reading for all!"

    This book lives up to its high reputation! Being a student of psychology and anthropology, I really appreciate Goleman's holistic approach to understanding the complexities to human intelligence and interpersonal interactions. This is a book to study, more than to just read once.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Douglas Auburn, WA, United States 08-29-09
    Douglas Auburn, WA, United States 08-29-09 Member Since 2008

    College English professor who loves classic literature, psychology, neurology and hates pop trash like Twilight and Fifty Shades of Grey.

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    "Brilliant!"

    Goes far beyond what the title implies and gets into the neurology of moral behavior and how technology will influence the way we interact.

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    Barb 02-11-13
    Barb 02-11-13

    I teach nursing at The Ohio State University College of Nursing, Columbus, Ohio.

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    Where does Social Intelligence rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top 2


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

    Emotional Intelligence. Same author and a variation on the same topic.


    Have you listened to any of Dennis Boutsikaris’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I don't know.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Let's get along.


    Any additional comments?

    I bought the paperback for my daughter. This book is great for new Mom's who want to raise children who are more socially adept.

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    McDonald LEWISVILLE, TX, United States 09-20-11
    McDonald LEWISVILLE, TX, United States 09-20-11 Member Since 2007

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    "Improved my understanding of those around me"

    What more could I ask for in a book of this type, but to help me broaden my understanding of the world around me. Specifically, in this case, to aid me in understanding myself and my fellow members of humanity. While I feel that the author pushes an agenda for social change, I can't blame him for using this book as a pulpit. It was never a bully pulpit, but rather nudging the reader to adopt what the author firmly believes. Shining light into how we behave may not always reveal a pretty picture, but I appreciate the additional illumination.

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