What springs to your mind when you hear the word intelligence? An image of someone brilliant? Individuals who excel in fields, such as science, physics, mathematics, robotics, and other complicated subjects that require a high level of intelligence?
Well, perhaps the last thing that you associate the word intelligence with (if you do at all) is emotional intelligence.
According to Daniel Goleman, a renowned psychologist and expert on the subject, emotional intelligence is one form of intelligence that is often overlooked. What we don’t realize is that our emotions can represent a different way of thinking, and they can be valuable tools, which help guide us in the choices and decisions that we make.
Emotions can be very powerful. If unmanaged, they can overwhelm you and have a large impact on your life. An example of what unchecked and uncontrolled emotions look like would be those that you see suffering from conditions like anxiety and depression. These conditions stem from the inability to manage those emotions, and in the end, they overwhelm you and end up controlling you instead. They make everything seem impossible – which is why you find yourself feeling stuck, miserable, and often like your situation is hopeless.
Being aware of your emotions, and more importantly, what those emotions mean to you, is what emotional intelligence essentially encompasses. This book will explore what it means to possess this kind of intelligence and why it matters more than IQ does in the general success of life. You will learn the core principles of what forms emotional intelligence, as described by Goleman, as well as how learning to master these principles will forever transform your life.