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Emotional Intelligence was an international phenomenon, appearing on the New York Times bestseller list for over a year and selling more than five million copies worldwide. Now, once again, Daniel Goleman has written a groundbreaking synthesis of the latest findings in biology and brain science, revealing that we are “wired to connect” and the surprisingly deep impact of our relationships on every aspect of our lives.

Far more than we are consciously aware, our daily encounters with parents, spouses, bosses, and even strangers shape our brains and affect cells throughout our bodies—down to the level of our genes—for good or ill. In Social Intelligence, Daniel Goleman explores an emerging new science with startling implications for our interpersonal world. Its most fundamental discovery: we are designed for sociability, constantly engaged in a “neural ballet” that connects us brain to brain with those around us.

Our reactions to others, and theirs to us, have a far-reaching biological impact, sending 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. We can “catch” other peoples emotions the way we catch a cold, and the consequences of isolation or relentless social stress can be life-shortening. Goleman explains the surprising accuracy of first impressions, the basis of charisma and emotional power, the complexity of sexual attraction, and how we detect lies. He describes the “dark side” of social intelligence, from narcissism to Machiavellianism and psychopathy. He also reveals our astonishing capacity for “mindsight,” as well as the tragedy of those, like autistic children, whose mindsight is impaired.

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?

The answers to these questions may not be as elusive as we once thought. And Goleman delivers his most heartening news with powerful conviction: we humans have a built-in bias toward empathy, cooperation, and altruism-provided we develop the social intelligence to nurture these capacities in ourselves and others.

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The author of the "New York Times" bestseller "Emotional Intelligence" delivers a groundbreaking work that reveals humans have a built-in bias toward empathy, cooperation, and altruism--provided they develop the social intelligence to nurture these capacities.

About the Author

Daniel Goleman, PH.D. is also the author of the worldwide bestseller Working with Emotional Intelligence and is co-author of Primal Leadership: Learning to Lead with Emotional Intelligence, written with Richard Boyatzis and Annie McKee.

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.

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James, July 9, 2010 (view all comments by James)
I found this book interesting reading and in many ways helpful. However be aware that this is what I would call "popular psychology" genre, not rigorous science. For a book on pop psychology I think it is well done. It is always interesting to read the case studies and reports on human behavior. The thesis seems to be that we now understand more about how our brain processes social situations and this somehow helps us understand social connections and how to improve or at least manage them. I'm not convinced that has been shown. Nor do I think Goleman adheres to the accepted definition of social intelligence as it was originally intended. That being said, Goleman writes well and the book is popular. I'm not surprised that it received a positive review from "O"--The Oprah Magazine.
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ISBN:
9780553384499
Author:
Goleman, Daniel
Publisher:
Bantam Books
Author:
Goleman, Daniel P.
Subject:
Interpersonal Relations
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General Psychology & Psychiatry
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Psychology : General
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20070731
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Pages:
416
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