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Daniel Goleman

Redefining "smart"

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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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    What is Emotional Intelligence about?

    Emotional Intelligence (1995) outlines the nature of emotional intelligence and reveals its vast impact on many aspects of life. By presenting the ways emotional intelligence evolves and explaining how it can be improved, it offers an alternative to the overly cognition-centered approaches to the human mind that formerly prevailed in the psychological establishment.

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    Emotional self-control—delaying gratification and stifling impulsiveness—underlies accomplishment of every sort

    —Daniel Goleman
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    Who should read Emotional Intelligence?

    • 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 their own abilities

    About the Author

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

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

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