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 ...
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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This is a great read. While I don't buy into the evolutionary explanations, the book does a great job at explaining toxic behaviors and the value of changing how we think, perceive things, events, etc. How often do we interact with people who always see the world in the negative light, no matter the circumstances? How many of us interact with people who are controlled by their emotions? This book is a great read for anyone looking to understand emotions better.
michael i b
May 10, 2015
A Must for MH Pros
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 .
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