This week, Life Training Online is reviewing Emotional Intelligence: Why It Can Matter More Than IQ, by Daniel Goleman, the eleventh of fifty-two books in the 52 Personal Development Books in 52 Weeks series.

As I began reading the first few chapters of Emotional Intelligence earlier this week, I was so excited to get immersed in what Goleman had to offer. He started out strong, kicking it off with the workings of the brain during emotional experiences, which I found to be quite fascinating. Unfortunately by Wednesday, having got half-way through the book by that time, it had all but fizzled out until it became more of a chore than a pleasure to read. That’s so unlike me. I love learning, and am so passionate about many subjects, but with its discussion of study after endless study, the book just dragged on for me.

I guess I was expecting more of a discussion on how one can improve their emotional intelligence. While Goleman does offer some suggestions, it’s focused entirely on that of helping children through proper nurture and educational reform. That’s all great and good, but now that I’m an adult and am looking for ways to improve my own life now, that doesn’t do me much good.

For what it was though — an original and thorough study of the ramifications and importance of emotional intelligence — I found it to be very informative, albeit boring and drawn out at times. Would I recommend it? I guess that depends on what you’re looking for. If you’re seeking how to develop emotional intelligence in your own life, then this book won’t help you. Otherwise, if you’re a parent or teacher looking to develop a child’s emotional intelligence, then this would be a good fit.

Emotional Intelligence is the eleventh of fifty-two books in Life Training – Online’s series 52 Personal Development Books in 52 Weeks.

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