The New Science of Human Relationships
On Sale: September 26, 2006
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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.
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.
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
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.
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