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Publisher's Summary

Everyone knows that high IQ is no guarantee of success, happiness, or virtue, but until Emotional Intelligence, we could only guess why. Daniel Goleman's brilliant report from the frontiers of psychology and neuroscience offers startling new insight into our “two minds” - the rational and the emotional - and how they together shape our destiny.  

Through vivid examples, Goleman delineates the five crucial skills of emotional intelligence and shows how they determine our success in relationships, work, and even our physical well-being. What emerges is an entirely new way to talk about being smart.   

The best news is that “emotional literacy” is not fixed early in life. Every parent, every teacher, every business leader, and everyone interested in a more civil society has a stake in this compelling vision of human possibility.  

©2005 Daniel Goleman (P)2018 Daniel Goleman

Critic Reviews

“A thoughtfully written, persuasive account explaining emotional intelligence and why it can be crucial to your career.” (USA Today

“Good news to the employee looking for advancement [and] a wake-up call to organizations and corporations.” (The Christian Science Monitor)

What listeners say about Emotional Intelligence, 10th Edition

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The best book on emotions

It won't give you specific ways to handle your emotions but it will help you understand the nature of the problems you face. how you decide to use the knowledge is up to you. i think cognitive behavioral therapy can fit right in after reading this book. this books does not tell you the exact steps to becoming more mature emotionally. you need additonal reading. look into cbt books

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Science text book

Is a scientific text book on emotions.. On what part of the brain leads to what emotions. Science is more overpowering and overwhelming than the take on emotions themselves.. Almost like an endless research paper being read out, not for the average reader who might pick this to understand how to get more emotionally intelligent.. Possibly for a student in psychology.

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Poor Narration. Robotic Voice

Even though this topic interests me too much. I was not able to take it any further than chapter 7 due to an extremely poor Narration. It was almost like a Robotic Voice with some High British Accent.

Couldn't stand it any further. Sorry

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Must read book

Must read book for all this book contains really good psychological tips, go for it

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Greatest Book Ever on EQ

This book has given different perspective which can be applied in both personal and professional life. Sureshot recipie for being happy and healthy by being mindful.

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Life Changing Experience

This book can help you decipher your own actions and the reasons behind them and once you know the “why” of your actions you can stay in control.

This has personally helped me a lot.

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Lessons for everyday life

Emotional Intelligence should be taught in every school. It's a skill one needs in every stage of life. Reading this book was an eye opener

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  • J. Mack
  • 16-01-19

Good book. Not so as audiobook.

I was looking forward to this book after hearing an interview with the author, Daniel Goleman. I was pleased enough with his narration of the Preface or Introduction. However, when the main narrator started Part One, I found hit tone and cadence very robotic sounding. It was such a distraction and annoyance that I stopped listening after the first chapter. I ended up returning the audiobook. Disappointing.

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  • slcofparadise
  • 27-01-19

Great book terrible Editing

Too bad the editing on this amateur level. The preview only covers the introduction read by the author which is great. When the narration from Barrett Whitener starts horrible editing starts too. Mechanical, sped up, monotone narration makes it really hard to enjoy and focus on the book.

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  • Nick
  • 31-03-19

Narrator too Robotic

Absolutely struggled to finish. Forced myself to out of sheer will. Most memorable moment was when it was over. First reason I did not enjoy it is that the narrator was extremely robotic and monotone. For a book about emotional intelligence, the narrator read with zero emotion. which made it difficult to stay with. The next reason I did not enjoy it is that it was not what I expected. I was looking for a book about emotional intelligence as it applies to leaders, CEOs, business relationships, etc...and this book was not that. I would not recommend this book to anyone else.

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  • Carlos Muskus
  • 05-11-18

the voice of the narrator is unbearable, don't buy

the voice of the narrator changes from the initial one to a robotic and unbearable one after the initial chapter. I felt robbed or scammed when this happened.

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  • Dardir
  • 15-07-19

so repititive and not practical for daily life

so repititive and not practical for daily life, no practical lessons to apply EI concepts, only repeating of the value of EI without giving you how to apply

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 19-10-18

this is not the original book

very scientific explanation of emotional intelligence, no real advice , explaining how the brain works emotionally , explaining how amygdala works

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  • BeJay Chambers
  • 21-01-19

Technically proficient

I've started this book twice before. I finished this time. While I think there is a wealth of information about the subject of emotional intelligence, I wish there was more practical application to increase one's EI.

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  • Edward
  • 14-07-20

Disappointed

This book talked an awful lot about school age children and strangely, child molesters. I'm an adult, looking for ways to improve myself NOW. Looking back on my youth and reasons and examples of how things affected my emotional intelligence does nothing for me. I really didn't get much out of this book, except many wasted hours and the expense of this book. More drivel I could have done without.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-11-19

Good Information, Dry narrator

The content of the book is good, but the narrator reading the book sounds like a robot, the intro is by the author which is better but once you get to chapter 1 there is the same dry voice for the rest of the book.

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  • AS
  • 30-09-20

Drag, useless academic information

Most of the book is academic descriptions and unnecessary detail vs useful tips to improve emotional intelligence.

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  • Jurgis
  • 30-03-19

They should teach this stuff in every school

Loved it. I think that this book is the key to self analysis and happier life. Highly recommend it.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 16-12-19

Robot narrator

Such an interesting topic but I could not listen to the robotic narrator for a second longer. I'm really disappointed and regret purchasing this by audio. Irritated that I know need to buy another (non-audio) copy to read myself.

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  • Matthew
  • 09-12-18

Worst narrator voice on Audible so far

Almost difficult to finish with the narrators croaky, nasal voice. The book itself is excellent if dry and technical

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  • Eastwoods
  • 05-02-19

Bad narration

You try the sample and get Daniel Goleman who is OK as a narrator, but he only narrates the introduction !!!!! Then you get a robotic monotone voice who basically kills the book.....very bad choice of narrator for what is a very good book.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-01-21

Excellent book, terrible narration

Although, I’m a fan of this book, fascinating content and I’ve bought a hard copy also.

I don’t think I will be able to finish the audio book though as the narration is unpleasant to listen to.

The hope Audible will change this at some point but for now, to those very interested in this book, I suggest reading it instead.

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  • Mark O.
  • 06-04-20

Great book, awful narration

This is a book everyone should read. It will help you with your work, spouse relations and parenting. My only issue was the terrible narration. The man sounds like a robot pinching its nose. I can't believe the author didn't narrate it as his intro was great.

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  • Lozome
  • 15-12-20

Great subjects

Music in between chapters is really annoying.
The topics presented in this book are really interesting ans well explained. Important subjects to learn for the younger generations.

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  • Taonga Msiska
  • 07-10-20

Great Read!!!

Loved the book. really has pra tical information about Emotional Intelligence and is a good guide on how to prepare our young for the various inevitable vicissitudes that life presents.

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  • 0wen101
  • 20-12-18

overrated

bad bad bad read..
If not dead already from boredom, you'll certainly be no more 'emotionally intelligent' reading/listening to this tome.
Long winded, self-congratulatory and tons of tedious human brain physiology trivia and minutiae listing various emotional impairments and what not.
You could sum the whole thing up by saying 'along with IQ, being emotionally mature is important'.
Message to author - You dont need to understand engines in order to drive an automobile.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-05-21

Book on emotional intelligence narrated by a robot

Hard to believe it’s not actually a robot reading this it’s weird. I can’t get past the awful narration. When I try to listen to the content it sounds great but I’ve stopped listening . It’s painful.

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  • NZ Buyer
  • 15-09-19

Incredibly Illuminating

You will finally learn why you did all those stupid things even though you didn't want to, and why the people around you seem to do stupid things even though they don't want to.
Only downside is there isn't advice on what to do about it!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-12-18

So Helpful

Gives hope for positive change in social abilities no matter what stage you are in life.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-12-18

Loved this book!

Really enjoyed this book, couldnt stop listening!! I did struggle with the voice initially, I had just listened to a booked read with a very animated voice and this one was very opposite. Once I got used to it the reading style fit with the content of the book 😊

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  • F M
  • 16-03-21

a worthy read

Great information to assist with understanding how our emotions run our lives and what we can do to become more emotionally mature.
From the science of how the brain responds to emotions and the neurotransmitters involved in giving us feelings, to validate results in school children emotional development programs. More schools need to offer this in the regular curriculum! A much needed book for adults and teenagers to read with vast reaching application, for a better society.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-02-21

Robot guy

Very poor choice of narrator, this guy sounds like he's missing his prefrontal cortex, talks lile a robot . gave it a few hours but just couldn't do it. Sounds like a great book but the narrator ruins it unfortunately.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-01-21

A must listen to

I wish I had listened to this book earlier in life or that this topic was more spoken of and better understood in our society. The book has some great insights into self awareness and empathy. I think it is a book that you will get something out of every time you listen to it as I think it is one of those books you can listen to a few times throughout life. Certainly made me very interested in learning more on the topic. Highly recommend. I certainly got a lot more than I expected out of the book.

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  • Anna M
  • 19-04-20

Lots of theory, no practice

13 hrs on how massively important emotional intelligence is. Well, if I didn't think it was important I wouldn't pick this book, would I?
I was looking for a practical advice but there was too little of it.

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  • RUBY LANGTON-BATTY
  • 24-12-19

Dull and bad narration

The narration is very robotic.
The content is very dry and academic, I couldn’t get through it

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  • Kerry
  • 20-11-19

Brilliant

Every early childhood educator must read this!
It’s a great tool for educators of all ages, psychologists and patents. Also a great way to help people who are dealing with anxiety and depression.
Brilliant work!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-11-19

What a shame

Amazing content about emotional intelligence delivered by what sounded like a computer/machine voice. Made it very hard to stay interested