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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.

Marion’s Favorites: Marion’s Favorite Reads of 2020

2020 is mercifully coming to a close, and it has been probably one of the most challenging years that I can remember.  A global pandemic.  A contentious American presidential election.  Big time celebrity deaths. So on and so on.  Reading has been choppy.  However, I read fifty books this year.  Here are my favorite reads… Continue Reading

Book Review 133: Permission Marketing by Seth Godin

“The marketer is not in control, the consumer is. And the consumer is selfish. Consumers care very little about you, your company, your products, your career, or your family. They’re not likely to spend time trying to discover how you can help them solve their problems. The heart of Permission Marketing is giving the stranger… Continue Reading

Book Review 125: Estate Planning for Authors by M.L. Buchman

Estate Planning is a topic that many people dislike to talk (or even think) about.  That includes the writer of this blog post.  However, Estate Planning is an essential element for personal finances and especially for creative types (like yours truly). I recently heard M.L. Buchman on the Creative Penn Podcast (highly recommended for authors)… Continue Reading

Book Review 82: The Introvert Entrepreneur by Beth Buelow

Introvert Entrepreneur seems like an oxymoronic term.  Can an introvert really be an entrepreneur?  Well, Beth Buelow makes an excellent case for it in her book titled with the same term. I heard about Beth Buelow from one of my favorite podcasts, The Creative Penn, when she was interviewed by Author-Entrepreneur Joanna Penn. That interview… Continue Reading

Book Review 70: For Love or Money by Susan Kaye Quinn

“Writing challenges me to discover who I am. Publishing challenges me to remember it.” “You have to work like crazy, be smart, somehow invest every particle of emotion into the book itself, but then fling it out in the world and be ruthlessly pragmatic about how to sell it.” Those two quotes (of many that… Continue Reading

Book Review 58: Discoverability by Kristine Kathryn Rusch

The Indie Publishing movement of the past half-dozen years has changed the course of the publishing industry. Publishing books have become a lot easier thanks to eBooks, Amazon, and other Print-on-Demand (POD) publishers.  Would-be-novelists (like myself) that have tried to break into Traditional publishing have finally found an avenue to get their works out to… Continue Reading