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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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    David P. 02-10-15
    David P. 02-10-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Rich material"

    This book is comprehensive and full of rich material and facts. It does get deep and difficult to follow at times.

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    Pablo 11-27-12
    Pablo 11-27-12
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    "Emotions and the brain"
    What made the experience of listening to Social Intelligence the most enjoyable?

    It was a good rhythm and you don't get bored easily


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

    Emotions: freedom from anger, jealousy & fear by Osho, the reason is that it teaches you that you can control your emotions.


    What insight do you think you’ll apply from Social Intelligence?

    I have learned why I act in certain ways and how I can improve my life by understanding and handling those situations better.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    etti2000 Riyadh, Saudi Arabia 09-22-12
    etti2000 Riyadh, Saudi Arabia 09-22-12 Member Since 2012
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    "It is an academic book"
    What disappointed you about Social Intelligence?

    It seems to me the book is more like a graduate reference in Psychology or Psychotherapy, but it is not a self development book.
    I did not enjoy it.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Daniel Goleman again?

    Yes


    What three words best describe Dennis Boutsikaris’s performance?

    Very good


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Social Intelligence?

    The first 6 chapters.


    Any additional comments?

    it should be an Abridged book in one or two hours only.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Michelle Kent, OH, USA 03-18-10
    Michelle Kent, OH, USA 03-18-10 Member Since 2015
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    "Easy to Listern to and interesting!"

    I loved this book. Lots of accurate and interesting information. I did not find it cliche or outdated.

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    Rosanne Purnwasie 11-21-12 Member Since 2006
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    "Great presentation!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Social Intelligence to be better than the print version?

    The only reason I would reference the print version is if I need to quote a page number. I was very satisfied with the audio edition. Given my present situation, I would not have been able to sit down and read a text such as this.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Not applicable


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

    I have not heard this narrator before and I am very pleased with his performance compared to some others who narrate texts. He uses inflections and pauses when required.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    As this was a text, I was very pleased with the presentation. It did not produce any emotional reaction with the exception of some "Ah..ha" moments when explanations were elaborated.


    Any additional comments?

    I would highly recommend this book to any person who is involved in a "helping profession", parents, counsellors, religious leaders, and community leaders. This book will assist persons with raising their children and assist individuals to exercise preventative behaviours rather than reactive behaviours.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Eric Central Point, OR, United States 10-29-12
    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.

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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.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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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.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    McDonald LEWISVILLE, TX, United States 09-20-11
    McDonald LEWISVILLE, TX, United States 09-20-11 Member Since 2015

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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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