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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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • Impressive in its scope and depth, staggering in its implications, Emotional Intelligence gives us an entirely new way of looking at the root causes of many of the ills of our families and our society. Jon Kabat-Zinn, Ph.D., author of Wherever You Go, There You Are

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Octharina Nur | 2/18/2014

    " Ternyata emotional intellegence (EQ) itu penting, kemampuan untuk memahami orang lain, kemampuan untuk membaca dunia. Orang yang cerdas (IQ tinggi) belum tentu memiliki EQ yang tinggi. Dicantumkan pula contoh-contoh EQ yang dimiliki oleh beberapa orang. Cukup inspiratif untuk memperbaiki sikap. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mike | 2/10/2014

    " This was an OK book. I disagree with the author when he says that repressing or controlling emotions is a bad thing. It isn't at all. It fits into the box with all the current books dealing with microexpressions and deception. It is worth reading to get a grasp on how the developed world in the late 20th century handled emotions. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Robin | 2/9/2014

    " Though a tad repetitive and probably a bit dated with its science I was blown away by this book. I usually avoid all self-help books but gave this one ago after being recommended by my therapist. The authors ability to explain the emotional brain and systems involved in them really helped me come to accept the need to integrate emotions w/ rationality. That the control and development of emotions is not a sign of weakness but actually helps you become a fuller human being and to experience a better life. Something a therapist has been trying to get across to me for weeks now. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 arjuna | 2/7/2014

    " Fluent and flowing breakdown of the way in which emotion is generated, how it manifests in the body, how it affects cognition, behaviour and learning. A lot of what Goleman has to say is commonly accepted now, but his feat in pulling the couple of decades' worth of available data, research and theory together in such a way as to both support his case and appeal to the layman should not be underestimated. The book is a little simplistic, presents too much "anecdata" at times in an attempt to Create Personal Interest, and occasionally slips perilously close to Self-Help territory, but that's a standard pitfall of US non-fiction - one can overlook it when it's less than pervasive, and Goleman does a decent job staying empirical and informative for the most part. As an EC teacher, his recommendations about the need for explicit teaching to pre-primary children of "emotional competence" gladdens my heart - the more people who understand that what we do in "daycare" IS TEACHING - and not only that, teaching according to scientific principles in accordance with what we know about the demonstrable neurological and behavioural effects over time of a lack of these and other skills - the better. A useful text, if only because it uses reasonably plain English to show why we do what we do, and precisely why it is valuable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Allison | 2/6/2014

    " it had some interesting moments but for the most part i feel like it oversimplified very complex psychological problems. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lisa Macon | 1/17/2014

    " I attended the Chair Academy in November, and my facilitator recommended this book to me so highly that she in fact assigned it to me as part of my individualized professional development plan for this year. For the most part, I found it boring because I already know most of the techniques for interpersonal relations described in the book, through my life's experiences. But this would be an excellent reference for some of the millennial generation students who don't seem to understand how to treat people and how to react when mistreated by others. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michael Brooks | 1/15/2014

    " Backed by research it is a bit academic for someone wanting more practical information. It is good for a foundational understanding of what it is, it's discovery, and it's application. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Donna Beckman | 12/26/2013

    " We can be very good at book learning but have no clue when it comes to reading the tea leaves of our own behavior or that of others. Goleman has a very apt discussion of the differences of IQ and emotional development/evolution. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Josh | 12/21/2013

    " Not exactly a page turner, but it's well written and filled with a nice mix of common sense and insight into how people's emotional functioning affects nearly every facet of one's life. There's a lot of applicable information here. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 مؤمن عزب | 12/13/2013

    " the book more of description rather practical... unlimited number of researches, surveys and trials have been used to clarify the author point of view but nothing about implementation.. he answered the WHAT but not HOW.. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 maura | 12/8/2013

    " smart people can be idiots "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Griff | 12/3/2013

    " Everyone in or related to education needs to read this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carl | 11/13/2013

    " It was a great read, makes you really think about what drives you on a deeper level than you could know. If I ever found the book again I would read it again. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jason Johnson | 10/31/2013

    " I'm reading the 1995 version... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 John David | 10/30/2013

    " That social and tempermental characteristics are, according to brain research, much more malleable than they seem. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joe | 10/6/2013

    " Everyone should read this book. I prefer research to opinion...this is a great book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Aneta Jackowska-musiol | 10/1/2013

    " we are from different planets, as far as I can tell from my experience. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kipi | 6/22/2013

    " The standard and a very good introduction to social-emotional intelligence. There is a good bit of the book that concerns SEI programs in schools, but these would have been enhanced with some practical applications/exercises that educators could use in their classrooms. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rusty | 3/29/2013

    " Very technical in its description and application of why it's so important to develop this, and that it CAN be developed. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dayle | 11/12/2012

    " Wonderful! I wish I had read it when my children were young. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tara | 11/4/2012

    " Knowing yourself and your emotions is an important part of success in life. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Leyla | 5/31/2012

    " Halfway through, but make that another Summer read ... finished it!!! It was deep, hard read, way too scientific; I expected something more practical .... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Grant | 3/21/2012

    " It is about how the brain processes and fuctions based on emotions. It is/was very good, but I could never quite get hooked. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jane Morgan | 3/18/2012

    " The title of the book is incorrect, it should be called: emotional intelligence, why it matters more than IQ "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kay Baird | 1/23/2012

    " Goleman's advice on how to handle depression was particularly useful to me. Still I found it one-sided, and had to balance it with Thomas Moore's Dark Nights of the Soul. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marija | 8/15/2011

    " Lot of Stuff I didnt Know... Pretty Interesting "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Frank | 6/4/2011

    " A rather dull and incoherent collection of anecdotal studies culminating in the rather obvious though just desire for more attention to social and emotional skills in children in school curricula. It might have presented cutting edge science in 1995 when it was written, but in 2011 it is outdated. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amara | 4/22/2011

    " EVERYONE should read this book. Important new information for me --I had no idea of how the brain works in concert with the emotions. Fascinating and sometimes disturbing (I had a few nightmares over the week I read it). "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Chris | 4/16/2011

    " Not a bad book. I largely agree with its premise that I.Q. by itself is not all it's cracked up to be. But the book was too tedious. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michael | 3/23/2011

    " I think this book is one of the best books Ive seen in years. This book is very long. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bruce | 3/5/2011

    " Everyone needs to read this book. I highly recommend it "

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About the Author
Author Daniel Goleman

Daniel Goleman, PhD, covered behavioral and brain sciences for the New York Times for twelve years and is codirector of the Consortium for Research on Emotional Intelligence in Organizations at Rutgers University. He is author of various bestselling books, including Emotional Intelligence and The Meditative Mind.