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Emotional Intelligence - Why it can matter more than IQ
I can certainly remember my mother being extremely keen for me to get good grades at school because she thought that with the right set of qualifications I would be successful. I subscribed to that idea for the next 20 years and still believe that a good education is an asset however as time has passed I have come to wonder if having a good IQ and an armful of qualifications is all that is necessary. Many times I saw extremely bright people excel during learning and training and it was these people who were tipped for the top. As time went by it became very apparent that academic achievement was not necessarily a good indicator of someone's ability to succeed in the "real world".
Emotional Intelligence by Daniel Goleman looks at that issue. This is not a new book, it has been out for five years now and has topped best seller lists around the world. I wanted to bring it to your attention because if you are a parent it might encourage you to think a little differently about what to expect from and how to support your offspring as they grow. If you yourself are a young person it may change your perspective on what skills will serve you well as you develop as a person.
So what is the book about? Well Goleman argues that the way we have conventionally viewed intelligence (through IQ tests) has been too narrow and that our emotions contribute much more to our lives than has been acknowledged. It looks at the brain itself and how emotions are controlled and then it takes a long look at the manifestation of Emotional Intelligence by looking at case histories and calling upon the extensive research that has been carried out in this area. He goes on to describe how Emotional Intelligence can be applied and developed, ending with a look at "Emotional Literacy" - how people, young people especially can been shown how to deal with their emotions.
Written by a behavioural psychologist, you would expect this book to be a little academic in places and that is the case, but generally Goleman makes the subject interesting and palatable with well chosen examples to illustrate his point.
Emotional Intelligence by Daniel Goleman ISBN Number
0-7475-283-6 is published in paper back by Bloomsbury and
can be obtained from good bookstores at Ł7.99 (US$ 12.95).
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