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Social Intelligence The New Science of Human Relationships

ISBN-10: 0553803522
ISBN-13: 9780553803525
Edition: 2006
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Description: Emotional Intelligence was an international phenomenon, appearing on the" New York Times" bestseller list for over a year and selling more than five million copies worldwide. Now, once again, Daniel Goleman has written a groundbreaking synthesis of  More...

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Book details

List price: $28.00
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 9/26/2006
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 416
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.75" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 1.738
Language: English

Emotional Intelligence was an international phenomenon, appearing on the" New York Times" bestseller list for over a year and selling more than five million copies worldwide. Now, once again, Daniel Goleman has written a groundbreaking synthesis of the latest findings in biology and brain science, revealing that we are "wired to connect" and the surprisingly deep impact of our relationships on every aspect of our lives. Far more than we are consciously aware, our daily encounters with parents, spouses, bosses, and even strangers shape our brains and affect cells throughout our bodies--down to the level of our genes--for good or ill. In Social Intelligence, Daniel Goleman explores an emerging new science with startling implications for our interpersonal world. Its most fundamental discovery: we are designed for sociability, constantly engaged in a "neural ballet" that connects us brain to brain with those around us. Our reactions to others, and theirs to us, have a far-reaching biological impact, sending out cascades of hormones that regulate everything from our hearts to our immune systems, making good relationships act like vitamins--and bad relationships like poisons. We can "catch" other people's emotions the way we catch a cold, and the consequences of isolation or relentless social stress can be life-shortening. Goleman explains the surprising accuracy of first impressions, the basis of charisma and emotional power, the complexity of sexual attraction, and how we detect lies. He describes the"dark side" of social intelligence, from narcissism to Machiavellianism and psychopathy. He also reveals our astonishing capacity for "mindsight, " as well as the tragedy of those, like autistic children, whose mindsight is impaired. Is there a way to raise our children to be happy? What is the basis of a nourishing marriage? How can business leaders and teachers inspire the best in those they lead and teach? How can groups divided by prejudice and hatred come to live together in peace? The answers to these questions may not be as elusive as we once thought. And Goleman delivers his most heartening news with powerful conviction: we humans have a built-in bias toward empathy, cooperation, and altruism-provided we develop the social intelligence to nurture these capacities in ourselves and others. "From the Trade Paperback edition."

Psychologist Daniel Goleman was born on March 7, 1946 in Stockton, California. He earned a Ph.D. from Harvard. Goleman wrote his first book, "The Meditative Mind" after studying ancient psychology systems and meditation practices in India and Sri Lanka. Goleman wrote about psychology and related fields for the New York Times for 12 years beginning in 1984. In 1993 he co-founded the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning. He is also a co-chairman of The Consortium for Research on Emotional Intelligence in Organizations and a member of the Mind and Life Institute's board of directors. Goleman has written several popular books, including "Emotional Intelligence," "Social Intelligence," and "Ecological Intelligence." He received a Career Achievement award for journalism from the American Psychological Association and was elected a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science to recognize his efforts to communicate the behavioral sciences to the public.

Prologue: Unveiling a New Science
Wired to Connect
The Emotional Economy
A Recipe for Rapport
Neural WiFi
An Instinct for Altruism
The Neuroanatomy of a Kiss
What Is Social Intelligence?
Broken Bonds
You and It
The Dark Triad
Mindblind
Nurturing Nature
Genes Are Not Destiny
A Secure Base
The Set Point for Happiness
Love's Varieties
Webs of Attachment
Desire: His and Hers
The Biology of Compassion
Healthy Connections
Stress Is Social
Biological Allies
A People Prescription
Social Consequence
The Sweet Spot for Achievement
The Connectedness Corrective
From Them to Us
Epilogue: What Really Matters
The High and Low Roads: A Note
The Social Brain
Rethinking Social Intelligence
Acknowledgments
Notes
Index
About the Author

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