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Emotional Intelligence by Daniel Goleman is a groundbreaking book that explores the power of emotional intelligence, why it is important, and how to develop it. It offers practical tips for improving self-awareness, managing emotions, and building strong relationships.

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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 Intelligence (1995) explores the critical role emotions play in our lives and why they matter more than IQ. Here's why this book is worth reading:

    • It provides a practical roadmap for understanding and managing emotions, helping readers navigate relationships and improve overall well-being.
    • This book combines scientific research, case studies, and personal stories, making it an informative and compelling read.
    • With its insightful examination of emotional intelligence in various domains, the book keeps readers engaged and offers valuable insights into self-improvement.

    Best quote from Emotional Intelligence

    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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    Emotional Intelligence FAQs 

    What is the main message of Emotional Intelligence?

    Emotional Intelligence emphasizes the importance of understanding and managing our emotions for success and well-being.

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    Is Emotional Intelligence a good book? Is it worth reading?

    Emotional Intelligence is a valuable read for anyone looking to enhance their emotional awareness and relationships.

    Who is the author of Emotional Intelligence?

    The author of Emotional Intelligence is Daniel Goleman.

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