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5.0 out of 5 starsVery good book!
Reviewed in the United States on September 8, 2018
I think everyone should read this whether they think they are emotionally intelligent or not! A good overview of this basic info made quick and simple. Lots of easy strengthening activities to follow through with and add to your daily routine.
I have been reading lots of books on Emotional Intelligence. However, not every book can be judged by its title. Take the book entitled, "Emotional Intelligence for Dummies", for example. Of course I knew that sooner or later such a book would appear on the long list of similar books for dummies. But I bought the book even though I don't consider myself a dummy about emotional intelligence. To my surprise, it was well written and full of helpful information. Once you get past the title there is a wealth of information contained inside the book. The author, Steven Stein, co-authored "The EQ Edge" with Howard Book. Needless to say, Dr. Stein knows what he is talking about and I am now going to recommend "Emotional Intelligence for Dummies" to all my clients. What is important to know is that Dr. Stein is highly respected clinical psychologist who is considered an expert on emotional intelligence. If I were to give any homework assignments on emotional intelligence, I would suggest that people need to pay particular attention to the last third of the Stein's book. Reading chapters 14 thru 16 would definitely help anyone who works with another person. But there would also be benefits for other relationships such as your spouse, best friend or life partner. You don't have to be a dummy to read this book. However, I could almost guarantee that you would be a smarter person after you finished it.
3.0 out of 5 starsEmotional Intelligence for Dummies
Reviewed in the United States on August 4, 2013
The book is a terrific self-help guide for a person without any knowledge about emotional intelligence whatsoever. However, even a little knowledge about the subject makes the book superfluous and mediocre. I expected a lot more. The continuous warnings not to try anything at home, and to take tests only with the guidance of a professional, makes it a waste of time and money. I could have spent the time reading the book at a psychologist and completed the tests immediately, and have them interpreted. Eventually I would not suggest this as good reading to anybody. In my opinion the guidance of this book is self evident and common knowledge.
If everyone read this book at some point in their lives, the world should be a better place. I will be handing this to my sons when they are old enough to understand the concept of EI. Having emigrated from another country, we've been prompted to assess out lives in every way and this book has helped us understand the relationships in our lives and ultimately why we emigrated. Easy to read, enough depth and good, interesting chapters.