Emotional intelligence

Daniel Goleman

Emotional intelligence



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Self-awareness, control of one's emotions, empathy, the ability to establish healthy interpersonal relationships: these are just some of the skills that come with cultivating emotional intelligence. This is all because each of us has two minds: the rational one that helps us to excel in traditional intelligence tests, and the emotional one, which allows us to face fears, accept failures, understand others better, and not become overwhelmed by anger, anxiety, and stress. In his book, Emotional Intelligence, psychologist Daniel Goleman takes cues from dozens of different studies to explain how emotional intelligence can help us in our marital and professional relationships, in raising children, and in staying away from the most serious mental disorders known to the modern world.

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Analysis and key concepts


We have two minds, one rational and one emotional: we cannot continue to underestimate the emotional mind


Emotions might be smarter than we previously thought


Self-awareness and self-control: understanding your emotions and learning to manage impulses


Motivation in emotional intelligence: resisting impulses and reaching the optimal level of anxiety


Empathy and understanding the feelings of others: quality relationships are cultivated through emotional intelligence


Using emotional intelligence to manage couples conflict: the importance of listening, staying calm, and being specific


Future leaders will be emotionally intelligent, and will know how to give constructive criticism


The mind and medicine: how can it worsen a disease, and how can it help?


Raising emotionally able children: leading by example and influencing temperament


Emotional illiteracy comes at a price: let's counter this by teaching young people about emotional intelligence




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Many useful tips to:

  • Understand what is meant by emotional intelligence, and why it is such an important concept.
  • Learn the main aspects of emotional intelligence: self-awareness, self-control, motivation, empathy, and interpersonal relationships.
  • Discover how emotional intelligence is an essential skill in marital and professional relationships, medicine, and child rearing.

Daniel Goleman was born in Stockton, California in 1946. He is an American, and a world renowned psychologist and journalist. Stockton is the author of the bestselling book Emotional Intelligence, which has been translated into 30 languages and has sold 6 million copies worldwide. Goleman earned his Ph.D. from Harvard and wrote about behavioural science for the New York Times for twelve years, during which time he covered issues related to behaviour, habits and brain operations. He was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award by the American Psychological Association and is a member of the Association for the Advancement of Science.

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Random House