Book Review & Discussion : Emotional Intelligence

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Why It Can Matter More Than IQ

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In this event, you’ll learn

  • Why your emotions help you remember things
  • When your emotions cloud your thinking and how they sometimes bypass your thinking brain
  • How EQ helps you leverage your emotions into reaching your goals
  • Why emotional intelligence is at the root of your ability to navigate the social world
  • How EQ is going to make or break our society as a whole
  • What to use your emotional intelligence for in various situations, like a relationship fight or the office

About the Author

Daniel Goleman, Ph.D., is also the co-author of Altered Traits: Science Reveals How Meditation Changes Your Mind, Brain and Body, and Building Blocks of Emotional Intelligence. Dr. Goleman received his Ph.D. from Harvard and reported on the brain and behavioral sciences for The New York Times for twelve years, where he was twice nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. He was awarded the American Psychological Association's Lifetime Achievement Award and is currently a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science His other books include Destructive Emotions, The Meditative Mind, The Creative Spirit, and Vital Lies, Simple Truths.


Emotional Intelligence

Past some years have seen a rise in a study into the biology of emotions. Such studies show that genetics determine a part of human personality and intelligence. But, this gives birth to two questions. First, what can you alter about yourself? Second, why some intelligent people fail, while less brainy people flourish? The answers lie in a set of abilities named emotional intelligence.

Through evolution, mankind got emotions. These emotions were to help humans deal with unsafe situations. Today’s people hold the emotional system of their cave-living ancestors. These early men frequently faced life-threatening situations. Today, such emotions overpower logical thinking. In a true sense, every human has two minds. The one which thinks and the other which feels. Through the logical mind, a person thinks and reflects. But, the emotional mind is strong and impulsive. Normally, the two function in harmony. But, intense feelings let the emotional part take over the rational part.


  • IQ only contributes 20% to life success. EI has a much more significant role.
  • There are five areas of EI. These are empathy, self-motivation, self-awareness, handling relations, and managing emotions.
  • Humans have the equal of two minds. One which thinks and the other which feels.
  • These two parts of the brain function independently.
  • Powerful emotions meddle with clear thinking. Anxiety weakens the intellect.
  • You aim to find the proper balance of emotion and reason.
  • Flow – how people feel when involved fully in tasks which suit their abilities – is EI at its best.
  • Building EI is a cost-effective necessity for management.
  • Feedback is the currency of EI in firms.
  • Team’s success is not judged by its members’ IQ. Instead, it is determined by their EI..
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