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Wisdom From Kammbia Book Review 82: Emotional Intelligence by Daniel Goleman

What does it mean to being smart?

It seems we have judged intelligence by IQ and rational knowledge throughout human history. However, there was a book published over twenty-five years ago that challenged the notion and looked at emotions as an important factor regarding intelligence. Emotional Intelligence by Daniel Goleman presents a claim that it was (or even more) important in than IQ intelligence.

Goleman makes a persuasive argument for human beings learning how emotional intelligence can assist in navigating the difficulties of modern life.  He uses scientific and anecdotal examples to back up his argument. We learn about the amygdala glands in the brain governing our emotional responses and how they can override our logic more often than not. These glands give have a powerful position when it comes to memory, decision-making, and emotional responses.  When they are not aligned with the rest of the brain, it can cause fear, anxiety, and depression.

Goleman provides a wide range of examples from school shootings, interactions in the workplace, marriage and family relationships, and childhood development to show how having emotional intelligence can create a richer life than rational intelligence.

I was a bookseller at Borders Books when it first published in mid-1990s. The publisher marketed the book as self-help, but upon re-reading it that initial label falls short. Emotional Intelligence has a lot of more depth than the typical self-help book and has relevancy nearly three decades later.

This is one of my favorite reads of 2021 and a book I highly recommend. Re-reading can give you a new perspective and appreciation of a book that you had a strong, emotional connection upon the initial reading.  Excellent books hold up after the first read and Emotional Intelligence falls into that category.

Wisdom From Kammbia Book Review 70: Snow Country by Yasunari Kawabata

Sometimes in reading a novel for the second time, you will not get the same feeling when you read it previously. This is the case for Snow Country by Yasunari Kawabata. Snow Country is considered to being Kawabata’s masterpiece.  And for many reasons, I agree with that assessment. However, as I’m getting older, I realize… Continue Reading

Wisdom From Kammbia Review 51: Pacific Edge by Kim Stanley Robinson

Kim Stanley Robinson is one of the science fiction writers I have read throughout my reading life.  He joins Octavia Butler, Greg Bear, and Robert Silverberg as the science fiction writers I have found interesting and thought provoking to read. Pacific Edge is the third book of The Three Californias Trilogy and a book that… Continue Reading

Wisdom From Kammbia Book Review 49: Woven In Moonlight by Isabel Ibanez

There are books that make you want to turn the page to find out what happens next.  However, there are a few books that turns the page for you and invites the reader into the story.  Very few novels make you feel the latter.  Little Country by Charles de Lint is one of those novels. … Continue Reading

Wisdom From Kammbia Book Review 28: The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon by Stephen King

King writes an interesting, psychological story about a nine year old girl that gets separated from her family and lost in the woods. King probes the internal psyche of a young girl in such a situation and uses the power of imagination in the form of her favorite baseball player, Tom Gordon of the Boston… Continue Reading

Wisdom From Kammbia Book Review 27: Map of Shadows by J.F. Penn

J.F. Penn wrote a fast-paced, dark fantasy thriller about a young woman named Sienna that belongs to a family of mapmakers and their connection to another world called the Borderlands. Map of Shadows is the first book of the trilogy and does a solid job of setting up the conflict between the people of this… Continue Reading

Wisdom From Kammbia Book Review 25: Chronicle Of A Death Foretold

For the world-renowned novelist Gabriel Garcia Marquez, most readers have read or attempted to read One Hundred Years of Solitude or the more accessible Love In The Time of Cholera. Some (like me) have read both novels. However, Garcia Marquez has a body of work that gets overlooked by those aforementioned books. I was in… Continue Reading

Wisdom From Kammbia Book Review 10: Digital Minimalism by Cal Newport

                Cal Newport has written another excellent book about how technology (mostly social media) has affected modern life. Digital Minimalism is the follow-up the ground-breaking book, Deep Work and Newport expands on his ideals from that previous work to propose a new philosophy for the social media age.… Continue Reading