Emotional Intelligence

Emotional Intelligence

Book - 1995
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Everyone knows that high IQ is no guarantee of success, happiness or virtue. Goleman's fascinating report from the frontiers of psychology and neuroscience offers us startling new insight into our two minds--the rational and the emotional--and how they together shape our destiny.
Publisher: New York : Bantam Books, 1995.
ISBN: 9780553095036
Characteristics: xiv, 352 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.

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Sep 30, 2015

Quite overwritten; the blather and waffle are perfectly interfused with the text so there isn't any identifiable filler, but still, there is only 10 pages of bona fide content in this 300 page book.

Mar 17, 2015

Very good information.
Parts were much too harsh & disturbing.

Jun 08, 2013

This book is really cool! I love how it explains how the brain processes information and why. It also gives great insights into why emotional intelligence is a greater predictor of success than IQ. A very interesting read.

Feb 09, 2013

The book does have a lot of interesting information in it but it is not an engaging read.
It reads like a lecture series given by a tenured professor who knows a lot about a lot
but his job security does not rest upon him having to make it interesting
The author does not keep a consistent style.
He skips from personal experiences to personal opinions
to quoting highly technical studies to anecdotal, constantly blurring the lines
between each category.

Making reference to the measured IQ difference
between Asian and non Asian students
he throws in his own concept of how they “ behave as if their IQ’s were much higher”
because of the professions they end up in.
Since when is the profession you are in an indication of your IQ?

He also connects emotional intelligence to performance based results.
If you perform at a high degree of excellence in any profession then de facto
you have a high level of emotional intelligence
Using the Asian example of how Asian parents obsessively push their children
to excel in school “produces a child with higher motivation, zeal, and persistence “
- he calls “an emotional edge.”
And how the Chinese who start training their athletes from the age of four
create “the emotional traits of enthusiasm and persistence
in the face of setbacks - above all else”

It is well documented
that if you have zeal and enthusiasm for anything nobody has to push you.
Zeal and enthusiasm are internal sources of energy they cannot be “ created “
by adults pushing their agenda onto their children.
You can teach persistence and you can motivate children
to please the wishes of their parents and create a successful professional
but you cannot implant enthusiasm and zeal for the profession you chose for them.


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Jun 08, 2013

“A belligerent samurai, an old Japanese tale goes, once challenged a Zen master to explain the concept of heaven and hell. The monk replied with scorn, "You're nothing but a lout - I can't waste my time with the likes of you!"
His very honor attacked, the samurai flew into a rage and, pulling his sword from its scabbard, yelled "I could kill you for your impertinence."
"That," the monk calmly replied, "is hell."
Startled at seeing the truth in what the master pointed out about the fury that had him in its grip, the samurai calmed down, sheathed his sword, and bowed, thanking the monk for the insight.
"And that,"said the monk "is heaven."

The sudden awakening of the samurai to his own agitated state illustrates the crucial difference between being caught up in a feeling and becoming aware that you are being swept away by it. Socrates's injunction "Know thyself" speaks to the keystone of emotional intelligence: awareness of one's own feelings as they occur.”


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