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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (18,131 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Daniel Goleman Narrator: Daniel Goleman Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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. "

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