am 27. Juni 2015
This book is very interesting and fast to read. Throughout the 250 pages, Goleman presents a lot of concepts from psychology and neuroscience and applies them to a wide range of topics. He explains the significance of attention and focus, empathy and self-awareness in the modern, highly information-loaded society. His thesis is that these skills basically behave like muscles which need to be trained and practiced constantly, in order to grow and improve. The writing style of the book is rather scientific. The author cites many relevant articles and studies which gives the impression that he really has a lot of experience and valuable knowledge in the field. Additionally, he tries to illustrate his thoughts and theories with a large variety of different people`s stories and other examples.
Overall, the book is recommendable to anyone who is interested in the topic in general and - after reading the book - i`d also say especially for people who are somehow related to medicine and psychology because the book also contains a lot of facts about neuroscience, explanations about the brains functional principles and an interesting part about how doctors should treat their patients.
Nevertheless, at some points, there is a slight overload of neuroscience jargon and information which is more or less dispensable for the average reader and partly makes it difficult to follow the thoughts of the author (might also be cause im not a native speaker, though ;)). In the end, the book gets a 4/5 rating from me. Already bought the next book from Goleman, looking forward to reading it! :)
am 22. März 2015
Nach amerikanischen Schreibstil hätte ich mir ein oberflächliches Buch über "Konzentration" erwartet.
Stattdessen liefert Daniel Goleman in seinem Buch die unterschiedlichsten Arten von "Konzentration", und auch gute Gründe, seinen Geist einmal baumeln zu lassen. Gut strukturiert, gut aufgearbeitet und auf jeden Fall sehr gut recherchiert. Kein Ratgeber im eigentlichen Sinne, sondern eine wissenschaftliche Auseinandersetzung mit dem Thema.