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.

"New York Times science writer Goleman argues that our emotions play a much greater role in thought, decision making and individual success than is commonly acknowledged. He defines "emotional intelligence"?a trait not measured by IQ tests?as a set of skills, including control of one's impulses, self-motivation, empathy and social competence in interpersonal relationships. Although his highly accessible survey of research into cognitive and emotional development may not convince readers that this grab bag of faculties comprise a clearly recognizable, well-defined aptitude, his report is nevertheless an intriguing and practical guide to emotional mastery. In marriage, emotional intelligence means listening well and being able to calm down. In the workplace, it manifests when bosses give subordinates constructive feedback regarding their performance. Goleman also looks at pilot programs in schools from New York City to Oakland, Calif., where kids are taught conflict resolution, impulse control and social skills." - Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.

Author's Bio: 

Daniel Goleman, Ph.D., is a psychologist, lecturer, and international consultant. His best-selling book, Emotional Intelligence, has more than 5 million copies in print and has been translated into nearly 30 languages. Dr. Goleman was previously a visiting faculty member at Harvard University and for many years, reported on the brain and behavioral sciences for The New York Times.

Born in Stockton, California, Dr. Goleman has been nominated twice for the Pulitzer Prize and has received the Career Achievement Award for journalism from the American Psychological Association. He graduated magna cum laude from Amherst College and received his M.A. and Ph.D. in clinical psychology and personality development from Harvard.

Dr. Goleman was a co-founder of the Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning at the Yale University Child Studies Center with the goal to help schools introduce emotional literacy courses. He is also co-chairman of The Consortium for Research on Emotional Intelligence in Organizations, based at Rutgers University, which seeks to recommend best practices for developing emotional competence.