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- File Size: 938 KB
- Print Length: 369 pages
- Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing; 1 edition (20 July 2009)
- Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B002ROKQNS
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Customer Reviews: 1,707 customer ratings
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #5,181 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Emotional Intelligence: Why It Can Matter More Than IQ Kindle Edition
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REDEFINING WHAT IT MEANS TO BE SMART!
Is IQ destiny? Not nearly as much as we think. This fascinating and persuasive study 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 succeed in life.
Drawing on the latest in brain and behavioural research, Daniel Goleman shows the factors at work when people of high IQ flounder and those of modest IQ do well. These factors add up to a different way of being bright – one that he terms 'emotional intelligence'. This includes self-awareness and impulse control, persistence, zeal and self-motivation, empathy and social deftness: the qualities that mark people who excel in life, whose relationships flourish, who are stars in their work. Lack of emotional intelligence can sabotage the intellect and ruin their careers. The good news is that emotional intelligence is not fixed at birth. The author shows how its vital qualities can be nurtured and strengthened in all of us. And because the emotional lessons a child learns actually 'sculpt' and create the brain's circuitry, he provides guidance as to how parents and schools can best use this window of opportunity in childhood.
Daniel Goleman reports on the behavioural and brain sciences for 'The New York Times' and his articles appear throughout the world in syndication. He has taught at Harvard (where he earned his doctorate in psychology) and is the author of 'Vital Lies, Simple Truths,' and 'The Meditative Mind'.--This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
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This unique 342 page book gives the reader plenty of data, presented in five parts. The chapter titles are indicative of where the author is leading the reader. Such as "The Emotional Brain, The Nature Of Emotional Intelligence, The Nature Of Emotional Intelligence, Emotional Intelligence Applied, Windows Of Opportunity, & Emotional Literacy."
Throughout the book he gives relevant and easy to understand examples that go over brain & cultural differences between the sexes, communication, genetics, etc to prove his premise that emotional IQ is often far more important in the individuals & groups success than the traditional intelligence exams can possibly measure.
Its an overall interesting read, though I'm not sure what we do with it. But it's seems obvious, I mean have not most of us known, or heard of people with high IQ's who behave badly due to their lack of emotional intelligence? Or people that have done well in life despite a non-impressive IQ/ academic record?
I felt Emotional Intelligence was noteworthy enough to add to my Professional Development hours at work. I often work with people who are Autistic (now a very broad term that includes Aspergers Syndrome) and found the information in EI interesting from that point of view. However, it's not a book that solely targets Autism at all. It's really a book for everyone and we could all benefit from developing our own EI to use in our personal or professional lives.
Anecdotally, after reading the book, I was able to see how some seemingly 'ordinary ' people communicated well with others and perhaps coped better in life than some highly educated and academically intelligent people did.
Personally, I tried out some of the points made in the book and found people reponded to me far better when I was aware of my tone and body language as well as the content. I think my grandma used to call it charm. Being able to 'read' people (including yourself), and know how to better respond to or converse with others is valuable. The book has so much to offer, that I suggest you read it for yourself.
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The only thing I would say is that though the book is an eye opener to why we are the way we are and that perhaps it's not our fault, (or anyone else's for that matter) it is only an eye opener and an introduction to the possibility of change through understanding and further research and does not really offer any practical advice that can be applied by ourselves to ourselves to help self improve and the only advice to help with others, mainly children, is from what we can glean from the anecdotal evidence from various studies, groups and experimental approaches tried by various schools, universities and programmes. There is no summing up of all the findings to create some kind of guide as to how to help your children, or indeed yourself, to be a more emotionally intelligent being.
Verge shameful and very disastrous.
I ordered more than 5 books and 5 of them are pirated (copied from the orginal, Duplicate copy)
I only wish I had come across this book years ago.
Sometimes it gets to scientific, but for the most part it a good read ( not a book to enjoy). This book is a keeper. I will be adding to my permanent library. I will be reading this book over and over ( it that good).
It's given me a lot of insight into myself and why I am the way I am.
It shows how to understand how conflicts arise and how to reduce, disarm potential conflicts.
How to empathise and build a good self ethic.
I like the way the book lined nature (creation, humanity) with science. It attest to the truth already known. Love is the way! Understanding is key!
Advanced English grammar. Highly descriptive and provide answers for high temperaments and how to positively explain to yourself to avoid a misunderstanding leading to anger.
I recommend the book to those in search of answers to emotional excesses - anger, anxiety, emotional disconnect, inability to maintain friendships and relationships with opposite sex etc.
But beats way too much around the bush.
Thought it was an amazing book after reading the reviews.
Don't be mislead by my comments its a good book but definetely overrated.
Although the book contains many insights (and a few repetitious messages), for some reason I found it quite hard going - it never seemed to leap off the page at me. However, I persevered and am pleased to have done so as it was a rewarding experience and I will be developing my thinking in this area.
All in all a satisfying and stimulating, but slightly challenging read.
Word of caution: try not to buy the preowned one, i bought a second-hand version and did not like the smell of paper printed on it as it was preowned. Planning to buy a new book for my bookshelf for reference though.
This is clearly a topic which should be essential however for that to become a reality more social initiative to adopt it is needed.