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Emotional Intelligence: Why it can matter more than IQ

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Publisher: Macmillan Audio

Date: March 2003

Duration: 3 hours 41 minutes


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.


  • Carmen Victoria U

    Amazing!!! Loving it!!!

  • Almyr V

    The book's hype is deserving but over done. It reads often like a textbook with too much data. Other times it misses some much needed explanations of how the therapies are conducted. Long winded. In the end, your patience will pay off. It did help.

  • Paul

    horribly boring...couldn't make it past the introduction...sorry :(

  • Anonymous

    Unfortunately the author does his book a disservice by reading it. He has a dry, monotone voice which doesn't add any interest to a text that is already relatively dry. This book had a few interesting points such as emotional intelligence begins in infancy and discusses the facets of this intelligence: self-awareness, self-control, empathy and thinking before acting out. However because both the text and author's voice were dull, I found this book hard to get through and not very interesting.

  • Anonymous

    Having read a number of other more current books on behavior and decision-making, this classic seems outdated and totally geared toward parents with children in their developmental years.

  • christine

    seems a bit outdated. i guess because i've read more recent books with the same concepts.

  • Anonymous

    The book described emotional intelligence and how it can be identified primarily in children. I had hoped for guidance on how to identify and develop the intelligences (in adults.)

  • Anonymous

    After listening to this book, I decided to get a copy for my library. I found it fascinating and eye opening. There were so many good nuggets of information that were substantiated with credible evidence, giving the book more substance then just information. I am convinced that this book will guide a parent, teacher, child, student into a new awareness and understanding of the nature of rational and emotional intelligence in human beings. This understanding has the potential to shape our lives and give new meaning to intelligence. A must read for parents and teachers.

  • Anonymous

    This book has very important information to know as you're trying to raise healthy, happy children. The author gives important lessons to pass on to your children. However, it was harder for me to absorb all of the information I wanted to know while listening to the book instead of reading it and highlighting things myself.

  • Anonymous

    Neat topic though the presentation was anything but.

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Emotional Intelligence: Why it can matter more than IQ, Prof. Daniel Goleman Ph.D.