Is IQ destiny? Not nearly as much as we think. This fascinating and persuasive program argues that our view of human intelligence is far too narrow, ignoring a crucial range of abilities that matter immensely in terms of how we do in life.
Drawing on groundbreaking brain and behavioral research, Daniel Goleman shows the factors at work when people of high IQ flounder and those of modest IQ do well. These factors add up to a different way of being smart - one he terms "emotional intelligence." This includes self-awareness and impulse control, persistence, zeal and self-motivation, empathy, and social deftness.
These qualities mark people who excel in life, whose relationships flourish, who are stars in the workplace. Lack of emotional intelligence can sabotage the intellect and ruin careers. Perhaps the greatest toll is on children, for whom risks include depression, eating disorders, unwanted pregnancies, aggressiveness, and crime.
But the news is hopeful. Emotional intelligence is not fixed at birth, and the author shows how its vital qualities can be nurtured and strengthened in all of us. And because the emotional lessons a child learns actually sculpt the brain's circuitry, he provides guidance as to how parents and schools can best use this window of opportunity in childhood. The message of this eye-opening program is one we must take to heart: the true "bell curve" for a democracy must measure emotional intelligence.
"Impressive in its scope and depth, staggering in its implications." (Jon Kabat-Zinn, Ph.D., author of Wherever You Go, There You Are)
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By Kenton on 23-04-08
good, but who narrated this? Stephen Hawking?
very good explaination about our brains and our emotions and why we think the way we do. The narrative frequently uses good examples to explain what might be rather dry subject matter without losing us too much. Yes it is complex stuff but i think it gets to the heart of why we are the way we are (especially under stress) better than anything else I've read or heard.
One off point - the narrator sounds like a computer, and once you get that thought into your head all you can picture is Stephen Hawking's electronic voice machine bleeping out words with the same monotone noise '..see apendix A' is probably not best read out even though it might be printed in the book. And the music at the end of each chapter drowns out what is being said for about 2 minutes. I think if I was the author I'd get this re-done. Other than that, top quality content :)
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By A on 25-03-13
Oh how I wish I'd read the reviews beforehand, particularly the one by Kenton. Four months after purchasing this I am only somewhat over half way through trying to listen to it, rationing it in fairly small doses between listening to other books. I can not give a fair appraisal of the content (for what it's worth, I'd guess 3 to 4 stars) because the grating narration is such a distraction. My rating is for this edition, not the book. Initially I assumed it was the author being allowed to read his own book as it sounds so amateurish, but no. (Incidentally, it is the author who reads the intro and he's very good; he should have carried on.) It is not so much narrrated but more "read out loud", like a 13-hour announcement. The narrator's main aim seems to be to enunciate every syllable in a pernickety fashion, often with rather idiosyncratic pronunciations (wheap-on, opp-ir-toonih-tee, lid-ih-rah-tyoor, con-sor-shum) and in a rather nasal tone and with minimal emotion and scant conveyance of meaning. Yes it could almost be a speech synthesiser. I was several hours in before I could think of anything other than the narration when listening (how did this guy get the gig?). I did wonder if my attitude was in part due to some prejudice at the American accent (though I've listened to several audio books in American accents without it being an issue) but think at worse this renders some unusual terms or laboured pronunciations more noticeable rather than being a fundamental issue. What's more, the American reviews (at audible.com) are also negative to scathing about the narration. I don't normally go for abridged books, and with a better narration I may have loved this unabridged one, but I'd advise going for the abridged version here, if for no other reason than that it is narrated by Goleman himself.
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By Steve James on 04-06-06
Good material but bad presentation
I concur with the other reviews that while the material is interesting and useful, the narration is a distraction. There were even times when there was background music, which made it more difficult to absorb. The music would thankfully go away eventually, but it made for an unpleasant experience. If I weren't specifically interested and motivated to get through the book, I would not continue with it.
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By Stephanie on 16-04-03
Good info, hard to listen sometimes
The information contained within this book is really interesting - the narrator is very hard to listen to! I find it somewhat ironic that a book about emotional intelligence is being read by someone that I HONESTLY have difficulty in distinguishing from a computer generated voice. In fact, I allowed a friend of mine to listen for a minute and he was certain it was a computer.
If you're anything like me, you'll need to keep the rewind button available - sometimes I find myself drifting.
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