From Publishers Weekly
In this companion volume to his bestseller, Emotional Intelligence
, Goleman persuasively argues for a new social model of intelligence drawn from the emerging field of social neuroscience. Describing what happens to our brains when we connect with others, Goleman demonstrates how relationships have the power to mold not only human experience but also human biology. In lucid prose he describes from a neurobiological perspective sexual attraction, marriage, parenting, psychopathic behaviors and the group dynamics of teachers and workers. Goleman frames his discussion in a critique of society's creeping disconnection in the age of the iPod, constant digital connectivity and multitasking. Vividly evoking the power of social interaction to influence mood and brain chemistry, Goleman discusses the "toxicity" of insult and unpleasant social experience as he warns of the dangers of self-absorption and poor attention and reveals the positive effects of feel-good neurochemicals that are released in loving relationships and in caregiving. Drawing on numerous studies, Goleman illuminates new theories about attachment, bonding, and the making and remaking of memory as he examines how our brains are wired for altruism, compassion, concern and rapport. The massive audience for Emotional Intelligence
will revel in Goleman's latest passionately argued case for the benefits to society of empathetic social attunement. (Oct. 3)
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"Excellent research, clear writing and a fluid abridgment will please both the casual and serious student of how people combine emotions and thinking in daily functioning…. The author uses captivating social vignettes to introduce each new section. Concise references to current research describe successful applications of his theory. The logic of this material and its social relevance are powerful and persuasive. The listener's interest and grasp of the material are maintained without pedantic introductions or musical transitions. This program sets a new standard for the abridgment and performance of a psychological work."
--AudioFile on Emotional Intelligence
"This book is the author's follow-up to his groundbreaking Emotional Intelligence. Here he focuses on using emotional intelligence at work; he explains why people who focus on skills and information are at a disadvantage compared to workers who have mastered their own emotions and understand the emotions of their co-workers."
--AudioFile on Working With Emotional Intelligence