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am 14. November 1999
Emotional Intelligence is an intelligent look at intelligence. Goleman's "Emotional Intelligence" is a refreshingly thoughtful book on the issue of intelligence. Shackled by "intelligence" tests and by curricula that define such topics as the arts and music as peripheral, we have come to assume a far too narrow definition of intelligence - and of ourselves. Goleman blasts through those constraints and thoughtfully reminds us that we are far more than our SAT scores. This is a very important book historically. Another important book you should read is The 2,000 Percent Solution, that presents effectiveness in a way both enlightened and practical - like Goleman, seeing us as who we really are and guiding us in using our full emotional potential to do our best in this life. May there be many more books like these! I also recommend Howard Gardner's work in these same areas.
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am 18. Januar 2000
I agree with Daniel Goleman in his assessment that Emotional Intelligence plays a far greater role in determining success than does IQ. This book really touches on what it takes to be successful in a work environment. I would recommend all CEO's, executives and especially human resource professionals read Working with Emotional Intelligence. It will assist in confirming that all companies need to develop behavioral, or in this case, Emotional Intelligence models of successful workers in all positions. My company uses a tool, Zero Risk Hiring System, to measure emotional intelligence to define success profiles and to hire people who possess these thinking skill sets. I can't say enough how this book will lead you to rethinking your personnel management paradigms.
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am 24. September 1999
Although the writing style was clear and coherent, the content, unfortunately, was not.
I believe that this book will serve primarily as a "feelgood pill" to those that were not blessed with (the more "rational") intelligence.
It is useful to realize that intelligence, as measured by IQ and SAT tests, is composed of multiple facets.
But to create a different, and competing standard of intellect, and attempt to raise it above the level of reason and knowledge, is simply disingenuous.
While the writing style is good, I think that this book simply plays to the current, rampant American anti-intellectualism, rather than to common sense.
Nobody denies that a healthy emotional life is important to happiness, but until we Americans realize that what we need is not more "fuzzy thinking", spiritualism, and credulity -- rather, what we need is to put our noses to the grindstone, so to speak, and take our place as the world's leading INTELLECTUAL superpower, as opposed to just the world's leading MILITARY superpower -- until that day, we are doomed to a slow slip into second-rate status. Books like this are just sour grapes, showing us that we "didn't want all that intellectual stuff, anyway."
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am 24. Februar 2000
Anyone over the age of thirty soon comes to realize that what was taught in school is not necessarily all there is to know in life. Consequently, the smartest people, the ones who always got A's in school, don't always end up being the most successful. Ultimately, a high IQ is not the most important factor when one encounters the real world. In this respect, Goleman has hit upon a concept which deserves much more attention.
The brain is a mysterious entity. No one knows exactly how it works. Certain things are known however. The brain is divided into certain sections, each controlling various aspects of behavior. On the other hand, it is a single entity. Intelligence, or what we call IQ is only a small aspect of the total human being.
Emotions have long been labeled as inferior to intelligence. Over the past 2,000 years, a cultivated person has been defined as one who is logical, rational and thoughtful. Goleman dispels this notion however and insists that to a large extent, emotional intelligence determines how successful we become as human beings. Feelings, inner motivations and personal relationships are more important than the ability to spell or recite poetry.
This fact has major implications, especially for our educational system. Of course, the three R's are important, but the ability to deal with individuals and groups is just as important. We worry about intellectual illiteracy but don't pay much heed to emotional illiteracy. Schools can only do so much, however. In the end, it boils down to the family, and with the family in such disarray, one wonders if this, in itself, is not the underlying problem.
Emotional Intelligence is a monumental work.
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am 18. April 2000
Psychological theories come-and-go, and no one can predict if Goleman's thesis that emotional development determines success in life will hold up in the long run. However, I was surprised at how often the book inspired me to examine my own life and search for emotional explanations. More often than not, his theories brought a clarity to my actions that I didn't have before.
I wouldn't quite call this book self-help, but as a tool for introspection, it's invaluable. (It's also great fun to match Goleman's descriptions of the "emotionally inept" with loathsome co-workers and family members.)
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am 24. Juni 1999
Daniel Goleman's book "Emotional Intelligence" shows how the undervaluation of emotion has wreaked pathological havoc on America. Divorce, depression, aggression, chronic anger, violence, ruined careers, and poor health are the evidence. When you think about it, in a "postmodern world" where "reason" seems to be in perpetual danger of drifting into chaos, it seems inevitable that the value of emotion would become a meaningful topic. The truth is, of course, that emotions have always been far more significant and consequential than the high-reasoning side of our culture has been willing to acknowledge. It is a great paradox that generations of suppressed emotions would lead to a backlash of overvaluation of the notion that emotions are something one is not responsible for--that when we're overcome by emotion, nothing can be done about it. Emotional outrage often becomes the basis of successful criminal defense strategies. On the other hand, millions of people do not realize that feelings are to life experience as a wet finger is to wind direction, and that emotion is also a veritable societal barometer. The key to emotional intelligence is equilibrium. In a postmodern world, emotional intelligence is equilibrium. Highly recommended.
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am 9. Februar 1998
I have mixed feelings about this book. On the one hand, I think Goleman has made a good case for broadening our view of "intelligence" to encompass more than what is measured by an IQ test. And I strongly agree with him that we need to educate children emotionally as well as intellectually.
On the other hand, both the author and the journalists who have written about his findings have used them to support a false dichotomy: EQ is the opposite of IQ, highly intelligent people are emotional idiots, and so forth. He quotes, ad nauseam, the story of a high school student who, when his teacher gave him a B instead of the A he thought he deserved, shot the teacher. This perpetuates the stereotype that gifted children are lacking in EQ, which other studies have shown is NOT the case -- in fact, they tend to be hyper-responsible, sensitive to the feelings and wishes of others, and prone to blame themselves rather than others when things go wrong in their lives (gifted teenagers commit suicide at a higher rate than average teenagers).
Gifted children have it hard enough already: they're considered "nerds" and "freaks" by their peers, and expected to be perfect at everything by their parents and teachers; but they're not supposed to have problems (in or out of school) because, after all, they're GIFTED. Labeling them (falsely) as emotionally deficient, and asserting that there's some fundamental conflict between IQ and EQ, just makes things even harder for them.
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am 8. Januar 2000
I found some of what he said intriguing. I agree with his assertion that "emotional intelligence" is more important than IQ, but there seems very little realistic chance in improving your EQ if you weren't born with it. (Goleman certainly doesn't present any good ideas on how). Goleman seems somewhat unsophisticated in his view of how people can improve their EQ. Read Howard Gardner. His books are much more substantial, providing better analysis and more complex, viable solutions.
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This is the book which put EQ on the map. It makes a good case for what Emotional Intelligence is, why it's important, and some of the brain science backing it up (along with scientific support for NLP concepts like rapport). No clues given as to how to develop it though! I found the book readable and fascinating (though as I teach EQ development courses I have a professional interest). It's a good summary of much of the research in this area.
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am 25. April 2000
In too many conflicts and fights the issue is not what a person said or did, but about how it was said and done. It is clear as daylight that the way we feel about issues and persons bears a direct influence on how we act towards them. This book stress the fact that if we want to live a fruitful life, we shall pay close attention to our feelings as well as to the emotions of others. Only then we will acquire the mastery required to function with ease in society. A person who is understood by others will be trusted by them, and understanding someone is not just an intellectual effort, it is also the capacity to relate oneself to the mental state of that person, i.e. its emotions. Such feast can only be done if we develop our emotional intelligence.
I guess this book will not tell you something you do not know, but it will open your eyes about the fact that your emotions are within your control, and that if you pay attention to them and their underlying forces a new dimension of possibilities appear in your life as well as in the life of those close to you, particularly, your children.
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