Emotional Intelligence

  • by Daniel Goleman
  • Narrated by Daniel Goleman
  • 3 hrs and 1 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Is IQ destiny? Not nearly as much as we think. This fascinating and persuasive program 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 groundbreaking brain and behavioral 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 smart, one he terms "emotional intelligence". This includes self-awareness and impulse control, persistence, zeal, and self-motivation, empathy and social deftness.These are the qualities that mark people who excel in life, whose relationships flourish, who are stars in the workplace. Lack of emotional intelligence can sabotage the intellect and ruin careers. Perhaps the greatest toll is on children, for whom risks include depression, eating disorders, unwanted pregnancies, aggressiveness, and crime. But the news is hopeful. Emotional intelligence is not fixed at birth, and 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 the brain's circuitry, he provides guidance as to how parents and schools can best use this window of opportunity in childhood. The message of this eye-opening program is one we must take to heart: the true "bell-curve" for a democracy must measure emotional intelligence.


What the Critics Say

"An intriguing and practical guide to emotional mastery." (Publishers Weekly)
"Excellent research, clear writing, and a fluid abridgment will please both the casual and serious student of how people combine emotions and thinking in daily functioning." (AudioFile)


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Customer Reviews

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More appropriate for someone interested in psych

I made a wrong choice with this book. Let me tell you why I didn't care for it and why you might.

****Why I didn't like this book****

I was looking for a more tactical book. Something that provides me with actionable advice on how to increase my own EQ and possible, how to coach other to do the same (relevant to my job as a manager). I have had my EQ assessed and was looking for deeper information about the aspects measured and actionable advice about how to bolster my weak areas and leverage my strong areas. This book does not provide that type of information.

****Who might enjoy this book****

People who are more interested in learning about the psychological studies behind the scenes of EQ might find this book more to their liking. If you're interested in answering questions like "What is EQ?" and "How was EQ developed" and "Does research show that EQ is important to success?" then this book is probably for you. That said, you could probably answer those questions by reading a wikipedia article if you don't have a need to get deep into the subject matter.
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- Carla

Good But Surpassed By Others

I'm sure his work was groundbreaking, but authors such as Tal Ben-Shahar and Jonathan Haight have written works much fresher and offer more nuianced insights.
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- Martin Goldberg

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-18-2000
  • Publisher: Macmillan Audio