Social Intelligence: The New Science of Human Relationships

Social Intelligence: The New Science of Human Relationships Author Daniel Goleman
ISBN-10 055338449X
ISBN-13 9780553384499
Year 2007-07-31
Pages 416
Language English
Publisher Bantam
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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 bodiesdown to the level of our genesfor 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 vitaminsand bad relationships like poisons We can catch other peoples 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 altruismprovided we develop the social intelligence to nurture these capacities in ourselves and others

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