Is IQ destiny? Perhaps not nearly as much as humans think. This text 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 brain and behavioural research, the author shows the factors at work when people of high IQ flounder and those of ...
Is IQ destiny? Perhaps not nearly as much as humans think. This text 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 brain and behavioural research, the author shows the factors at work when people of high IQ flounder and those of modest IQ do surprisingly well. These factors add up to a different way of succeeding in life - one the author terms "emotional intelligence". Emotional intelligence includes self-awareness and impulse control, persistence, zeal and self-motivation, empathy and social deftness. These are the qualities that mark people that excel. They are also the hallmarks of character and self-discipline, of altruism and compassion. As Goleman demonstrates, the personal costs of deficits in emotional intelligence can range from problems in marriage and poor physical health in adults to eating disorders and depression in children. But the news is hopeful. Emotional intelligence is not fixed at birth. Goleman's argument gives insights into the brain architecture underlying emotion and rationality. He shows how emotional intelligence can be nurtured and strengthened in all of us. Since the emotional lessons a child learns actually sculpt the brain's circuitry, Goleman provides detailed guidance as to how parents and schools can benefit from this.
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I am a mental health counselor and I would recommend this book for the library of all practitioners in the field. I regard Goleman's work as foundational.
Mar 10, 2011
Great source for compelling research on our emotions, how and why they work, and the brain's function in all of this.
Oct 2, 2008
Best book for young parents with children
I wish this topic had been around when I was raising my own children but I am delighted that I can apply this knowledge NOW with my two young grandchildren...Definitely, a must to read book for parents!
Mar 3, 2008
An Essential Book
This book is an essential read for anyone interested in human relationships. In it Daniel Goleman tells the reader about the skills and qualities we all need to get along with other people. His work is backed up with solid research and good science. The book is written in an engaging style . Hopefully Mr. Goleman will present us with a new edition based on new research .
Sep 16, 2007
EI Matters More than IQ in Life Success
This book came out in 1994 and quickly became one of the most influential social science books of the decade. While some critics, myself included, quibble that emotional intelligence is really social intelligence, it is still a revelation on how profound a predictor it is, and that it is so teachable a skill. Daniel Goleman argues in this fascinating book, based on brain and behavioral research, that a blind focus on IQ overlooks more telling indicators of success in life. Goleman shows us that "emotional intelligence" is the strongest index. Emotional intelligence is defined as self-awareness, altruism, personal motivation, empathy, and the ability to love and be loved by friends, partners, and family members. Possessors of high EI (emotional intelligence) are the ones who build flourishing careers and lasting marriages. The good news is that because EI is not fixed at birth like IQ is, adults as well as children can learn these skills. The author states that emotions play a greater role in our success than is commonly acknowledged. He defines "emotional intelligence" a trait not measured by IQ tests as a set of skills. Although his survey of research into cognitive and emotional development may not convince everyone, his report is an intriguing and practical guide to self mastery. Marriage success entails listening well. Goleman also lists pilot programs in schools across the country, where kids get practice in conflict resolution, impulse control and social skills.
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