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Emotional Intelligence

Redefining "smart"

By Daniel Goleman
16-minute read
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Emotional Intelligence by Daniel Goleman

Emotional Intelligence is a #1 bestseller with more than 5 million copies sold. It outlines the nature of emotional intelligence and shows its vast impact on many aspects of life. It depicts the ways emotional intelligence evolves and how it can be boosted. It poses an alternative to the overly cognition-centered approaches to the human mind that formerly prevailed in the psychological establishment. It presents the reader with new insights into the relationship between success and cognitive capabilities, and a positive outlook on possibilities to improve his life.

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„When referring to AI, most people talk about a machine’s ability to make logical, human-like decisions and learn from external signals. What is mostly not referred to is emotional intelligence. Our blinks to Emotional Intelligence provide a great explanation to why we humans sometimes act highly illogical.“

– Tobias, CTO of Blinkist

  • Anyone who is unsatisfied by more traditional measurements of intelligence
  • Anyone who wonders if IQ determines success
  • Anyone who is striving to live up to her own abilities

Daniel Goleman is a psychologist and an accomplished writer. During his long career he has received numerous awards including a Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Psychological Association and has been nominated for the Pulitzer Prize twice.

His numerous publications cover a vast array of subjects ranging from meditation to ecology. The main focus of his writing lies on the intertwinings and interrelations of emotion, performance and leadership.

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Emotional Intelligence

By Daniel Goleman
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Emotional Intelligence by Daniel Goleman
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Emotional Intelligence is a #1 bestseller with more than 5 million copies sold. It outlines the nature of emotional intelligence and shows its vast impact on many aspects of life. It depicts the ways emotional intelligence evolves and how it can be boosted. It poses an alternative to the overly cognition-centered approaches to the human mind that formerly prevailed in the psychological establishment. It presents the reader with new insights into the relationship between success and cognitive capabilities, and a positive outlook on possibilities to improve his life.

This is a Blinkist staff pick

„When referring to AI, most people talk about a machine’s ability to make logical, human-like decisions and learn from external signals. What is mostly not referred to is emotional intelligence. Our blinks to Emotional Intelligence provide a great explanation to why we humans sometimes act highly illogical.“

– Tobias, CTO of Blinkist

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What is in it for me?

Some people think emotions play a role only in romantic situations or in the heat of a physical fight. Yet in fact, emotions are everywhere: they form our decisions, help us understand the world and are crucial in any interaction with others.

This book explains in detail what impact emotions have on your everyday life. It shows how they can help you, but also how they lead you astray. It also highlights the role that emotional intelligence plays in allowing us to use emotions to create positive outcomes and avoid situations where they can harm us.

It explains how emotional intelligence makes it possible to create a balanced interaction between the emotional brain and the rational brain. It also shows us how this capacity can be acquired and expanded.

Finally, it answers these interesting questions: How does emotional intelligence develop in individuals and why is this capacity so important for society as a whole?

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