"Emotional Intelligence" by Daniel Goleman.

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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...