Social Intelligence by Daniel Goleman

Social Intelligence

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 cons...

Details Social Intelligence

TitleSocial Intelligence
Release DateSep 26th, 2006
GenrePsychology, Nonfiction, Science, Self Help, Sociology, Business, Relationships, Leadership, Personal Development, Language, Communication

Reviews Social Intelligence

  • Seth Jenson
    Here are some interesting quotes from the book: “When someone dumps their toxic feelings on us, explodes in anger or threats, shows disgust or contempt, they activate in us circuity for those very same distressing emotions. Their act has potent neurological consequences. Emotions are contagious. We catch strong emotions much as we do a rhino virus, and so can come down with an emotional cold. Every social interaction has an emotional subtext. A...
  • Don
    In my ongoing exploration of emotional intelligence, I decided to give this book a try in an effort to build my own skills at recognizing and responding to social situations. I learned early into reading this that I had chosen the wrong book. Goleman goes into a fair amount of depth explaining the neurological basis for our emotional reactions to social stimuli, but doesn't extend the discussion to how we can build the ability to read social situ...
  • Polly Trout
    Goleman and I share a common passion for the places where spiritual practice and psychology overlap, and his work fascinates me. In both "Emotional Intelligence" and Social Intelligence" he shows how we can use our conscious minds to rewire our neurological response patterns, thus increasing the quality of our lives. In other books, Goleman explicitly talks about his belief that spiritual practices, like meditation or chanting, work because they ...
  • James Lamp
    This book is supposed to be the sequel to Emotional Intelligence. Goleman further argues that IQ is a poor way of gauging intelligence or how successful someone will be in life. This book is full of neuro-science, brain physiology and psychological studies involving children, medical and psychological patients, inmates and ordinary people. He explores such ideas as emotional contagion, social rewiring of abused and neglected youths, the Us vs. Th...
  • Trish
    This was interesting, but not as incisive as his earlier Emotional Intelligence. It seemed a collection of chapters heading in a direction, but never really pulling it all together. I did learn a few things...the heavy-duty emotional work of the brain is generally done on the left side, and that the most important part of reaching attunement with another is through eye contact. It seems like we should know this, and we might say "of course," but ...
  • Blerina
    Anyone interested in understanding of why we feel what we feel, and what happens in our brains in different social circumstances and social interaction should read this book.The examples Goleman brings here are those we witness everyday everywhere. Reading this book has helped me a lot to reconsider in a wiser way how my behaviours are affecting others around me and vice-versa. It has a lot of research data that some might also find it tedious.As...
  • Jeremy
    Not a fast read by any means, but full of insight. A lot of it simply adds jargon and technical context to things you may already know deep down, but it's comforting to hear it from a scientific/researched point-of-view.
  • Silvia
    Its a book about a concept invented by Daniel Goleman: "Social Intelligence". Too shallow and academic, it does not actually explain the specific details for becoming socially intelligent. One of those bla bla bla books.
  • Nitin Vaidya
    Finally Its Done!!! How fascinating this book was !!!An extremely complicated read with so much biology in it, took a lot of time to finish but it was very good. A must read book for all the people who want to understand relationships more deeply.
  • John Stepper
    An excellent introduction to "interpersonal neurobiology" and the neuroscience underpinning our interactions and relationships. The scope of applications in the book is extremely broad - from parenting and sex to prisons and the workplace - so not every chapter may interest you. But it is a great primer and provides ample motivation to dig deeper. The notes alone make for delicious perusing.
  • Dav
    Goleman, a science writer for the New York Times, does a great job of making accessible the impact of neuroscience research on modern understanding of psychology in social matters. This was one of the most personally interesting books I've read, as large swaths of it were directly applicable to my life. For example, the impact of parenting styles on neurological development of children and the passages that led me to understand that I had at leas...
  • Dayla
    I believe this is the book that was the "break out" for Daniel Goleman. He is the guru for Emotional Intelligence. We used to call these 'social skills" and on report cards were not weighted with "letter grades" or rubric scores. It was more like "acceptable" or "non-acceptable." My request would be that if knowledge changes so much every year, and as it turns out according to Goleman, people only get fired from jobs because of their lack of "soc...
  • J
    I originally thought Goleman's Emotional Intelligence was his best work. Now I am not so certain. Comparing the two books, the most notable difference between the two has to do with the first book's style as being more authoritative. I think this is because Goleman was on new ground. He was explaining the emergent science of emotional intelligence. Social Intelligence offers a more relaxed delivery regarding how the brain works in social interact...
  • Sean Kottke
    Not as laser-focused or as immediately useful as Emotional Intelligence, it's really a survey of the state of the art of social psychology and emotional neuroscience, as seen through the lens of positive psychology. The descriptions of how things are supposed to work and what's not working when they don't are strong, but practical strategies for nurturing social intelligence in individuals or organizations where it is underdeveloped are not as we...
  • Bashir
    One of the best books I read this year. Very well researched look at the way human brain processes social interactions. Very useful in understanding the underlying biological forces that determine our relationships with people and how you can use the knowledge to affect those relationships.
  • Klwycoff
    Daniel Goleman really opened a near area of social and emotional intelligence - the idea that books smarts is not the end all, be all. Great read for parents and anyone who is interested in the "other side" of intelligence.
  • Saeed Mashaal
    Its good read, suggested for every social scientist. It equips individuals with some methods and practices to understand the society in a better way in terms of human relations.
  • Charlotte
    great. first book i read on the topic. Had my interest from start to end and gave me lots to think about in-between.
  • Katrina Sark
    "When the eyes of a woman whom a man finds attractive look directly at him, his brain secretes the pleasure-inducing chemical dopamine, but not when she looks elsewhere."In effect, being chronically hurt and angered, or being emotionally nourished by someone we spend time with daily over the course of years can re-fashion our brain. These new discoveries reveal that our relationships have subtle yet powerful life-long impact on us. Thus how we co...
  • E.L. Powers
    "Social Intelligence" builds on several of the key points Goleman made in his earlier books "Emotional Intelligence" and "Primal Leadership". However, there are some new insights, including the imperative of connecting with people as human beings through face-to-face and heart-to-heart communication on things that really matter. Drawing on numerous studies, Goleman examines how our brains are wired for altruism, compassion, empathy, and rapport. ...
  • Mark Johnson
    So good! But very thorough and probably could have been condensed into a book half its size.
  • Francisco Garcia del Valle
    Me gusto este libro, un tanto complicado, pero vale la pena intentarlo
  • Tim K
    The first half of the book was better than the last half.
  • Cecilia Hernandez
    I give this book 1 star because I didn't like it at all. I found it boring I don't like long books with unnecessary details . books that give me a run around . It served no useful purpose to me.
  • Naji Tawk
    Social intelligence can be summed up with three words: Empathy, Synchrony, Sympathy. The social brain is the only biological system that attunes us to the internal state of the people we're with. Our social lives are governed by this interplay of the two modes: the Conscious and the Unconscious (the high road and the low road).This book deduces the social brain through neuroscience and psychoanalysis; for example the way we mimic one another due ...
  • Rafael Bugia
    A true weapon to aid us in our daily fights, both with ourselves and with others!
  • Winston
    A Manual for World PeaceWith the latest research in neuroscience over the last several decades, our collective knowledge on how societies are formed and how people interact has taken profound leaps and bounds. Spindle cells allow us to make split-second judgements about how to act in a given social interaction. Mirror neurons allow us to feel another's mental state with similar rapidity. Even our closest cousins, the great apes and chimpanzees, h...
  • Andrei
    Aborda de forma vasta a questão da inteligência emocional e sua necessidade nas relações humanas, com enfoque na infância e adolescência.