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.

IQ was once thought to be the major factor in determining one’s success in life. In his best selling book, Emotional Intelligence, Goleman contends that basing one’s success solely on IQ is far too limiting of a viewpoint. While IQ does measure one’s analytical abilities, it does not measure “emotional” traits such as personal motivation, empathy, self-awareness, and the ability to love and be loved. It’s the possession of these attributes — an indicator of “emotional intelligence” — that Goleman argues is the greatest determinant of success.

While not “officially” labeled a personal-development book (I got it from the psychology section), Goleman does provide tools which can help us to increase our emotional intelligence. Most of all, I think it may help us better understand ourselves, which is essential in our personal development. Will this be the “the groundbreaking book that redefines what it means to be smart?” Let’s find out this week…

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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