- Audio CD: 7 pages
- Publisher: Harperaudio; Unabridged edition (8 October 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9780062300287
- ISBN-13: 978-0062300287
- ASIN: 0062300288
- Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.9 x 15.2 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 181 g
- Average Customer Review: 5 customer reviews
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From the Back Cover
The author of the international bestseller Emotional Intelligence returns with a groundbreaking look at today's scarcest resource and the secret to high performance and fulfillment: attention.
For more than two decades, psychologist and journalist Daniel Goleman has been scouting the leading edge of the human sciences for what's new, surprising, and important. InFocus, he delves into the science of attention in all its varieties, presenting a long-overdue discussion of this little-noticed and underrated mental asset that matters enormously for how we navigate life. Attention works much like a muscle: use it poorly and it can wither; work it well and it grows. In an era of unstoppable distractions, Goleman persuasively argues that now more than ever we must learn to sharpen focus if we are to contend with, let alone thrive, in a complex world.
About the Author
Daniel Goleman, a former science journalist for the New York Times, is the author of thirteen books and lectures frequently to professional groups and business audiences and on college campuses. He cofounded the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning at the Yale University Child Studies Center (now at the University of Illinois, at Chicago).
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One aspect of modern journalism is the shameful plagiarism, the habit of taking a well-known idea / pre-existing knowledge, and dressing it up in some new soundbites, to make it read like some great new discovery or revealation, and then taking credit for it (or giving credit for the knowledge to the person who simply created the new sound-bite). Mr. Goleman is a prime example of this kind of shallow writing. Almost everything in this book has been known for decades and some concepts, like meditation (which is re-named 'mindfulness' or 'mindful awareness' here). Not once does Mr. Goleman credit the original source of this knowledge which is the science of yoga and has been known in India for thousands of years. An average cultured Indian knows more about mind-control, focus and meditation than all Mr. Goleman's so-called experts - it is part of their upbringing. Mr. Goleman shamelessly plagiarizes this knowledge without attribution and ruins it in his version. He does the same with all the other 'knowledge' he appropriates from original research done in the past few decades - reduces it to shallow soundbites without crediting the original source.
I would give this book a 1-star rating, but there might be some readers who may not be aware of some of the hodge-podge of ideas here and they may get some benefit, so I give this 2 stars.
In summary, a big let-down. Not worth buying.