• Social Intelligence

  • The New Science of Human Relationships
  • By: Daniel Goleman
  • Narrated by: Dennis Boutsikaris
  • Length: 12 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 13-09-06
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Macmillan Audio
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars 4.6 (7 ratings)

Summary

Emotional Intelligence was a phenomenon, selling more than five million copies worldwide. Now, in Social Intelligence, Daniel Goleman explores an emerging science with startling implications for our interpersonal world. Its most amazing discovery: we are "wired to connect", designed for sociability, constantly engaged in a "neural ballet" that connects us, brain to brain, with those around us. Far more than we are consciously aware, our daily encounters shape our brains and affect cells throughout our bodies. Our reactions to others send out cascades of hormones that regulate everything from our hearts to our immune systems, making good relationships act like vitamins, and bad relationships like poisons. Here, Daniel Goleman explains how we can use our astonishing capacity for "mindsight" to answer some of life's most essential questions: Is there a way to raise our children to be happy? What is the basis of a nourishing marriage? How can business leaders and teachers inspire the best in those they lead and teach? How can groups divided by prejudice and hatred come to live together in peace?
Goleman's heartening news is that humans have a built-in bias toward empathy, cooperation, and altruism, provided we develop the social intelligence to nurture these capabilities in ourselves and others.
©2006 Daniel Goleman (P)2006 Audio Renaissance, a division of Holtzbrinck Publishers, LLC
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3 out of 5 stars
By James on 20-12-06

Good, if it didn't repeat

This book is good... if abridged. The unabridged is extremely long and repetative. If it's unabridged or nothing, I would choose nothing.

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1 out of 5 stars
By Steve on 26-08-07

Don’t torture yourself

In the first chapter we are serenaded with a sales pitch to buy his previous work and the rest of the book follows in suit with that shallowness.

This audio book presents like those people we have all met throughout our lives where their insecurity is revealed by their obvious need to use big words and technical mumbo-jumbo to convince us of their importance or knowledge on a topic.

If you are above the age of 10, you have witnessed that people with a bad attitude that lash out in anger, will make for a negative social/work environment. The author fills us in on this obvious reality with boring fluff of a Security Guard-was-rude-to-me type story. Apparently he walked into a restricted area and his negative lingering emotions he felt as a result of getting yelled at was some sort of epiphany. Gee!! Feel like you learned something? In another example he attempts to mystify us with his wana-be-intelligencia with the idea that “Technology offers nominal communication in actual isolation”. It’s funny how the Orator puts some emphasis on this, as if we have been revealed a truth from God. (Just re-read that quote a few times and that is how the unsubstantive fluff in this book reads.) He then drones on about some perceived disconnect by crapping on cell phones, computers, and iPods. You see, while he plays us ipod people off like we are disconnected with society, the reality is that discussion with arbitrary people in a big city has little ROI. I decided to invest my attention more wisely. As a result of my "ipod", I learned Spanish and now, in contrast to the authors several examples of how technology puts up walls, I actually have been able to get closer to exponentially more people since there are many Spanish speaking people in my area. I also have a new appreaciation for beautiful cultures that I had no access without knowledge of their language.

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