In the book "Emotional Intelligence" by Daniel Goleman, the central thesis that he
tries to point out is that emotional intelligence may be more important than I.Q. in
determining a person's well being and success in life. At first I didn't know what
Goleman was talking about when he said emotional intelligence, but after reading the
book I have to say that I agree completely with Goleman. One reason for my acceptance
of Goleman's theory is that academic intelligence has little to do with emotional life. To
me, emotions can be just as intelligent as your I.Q. In this book report I hope to provide
sufficient evidence to show why I agree with Goleman's thesis on emotional intelligence.
The first topic that I want to touch on is the idea of academic intelligence having
little to do with emotional life. Goleman states that, "Emotional intelligence is the ability
to motivate oneself, persist in the face of frustrations, regulate one's moods and keep
distress from swamping the ability to think."
I feel that academic intelligence gives you
no preparation for the turmoil and opportunities that life brings. The funny thing is that
our schools and our culture are still fixated on our academic abilities. Even though
emotional intelligence is a new concept, the information that does exist suggests it can be
as powerful as I.Q. Instead, we should acknowledge emotional intelligence as a set of
traits that can matter immensely on our personal lifestyle. How good a person is at these
traits shows that they can thrive in life while another person doesn't. Goleman states,
"Emotional aptitude is a meta ability, determining how well we can use whatever other
skills we have, including raw intellect." People that have high emotional intelligence are
more likely to be satisfied and...