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Social Intelligence: The New Science of Human Relationships (edition 2006)

by Daniel Goleman (Author)

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Explores the nature of human relationships, finding that humans are "wired to connect," and bringing together the latest research in biology and neuroscience to reveal how one's daily encounters shape the brain and affect the body. "Humans have a built-in bias toward empathy, cooperation and altruism, provided we develop the social intelligence to nuture these capabilities in ourselves and others".… (more)
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Title:Social Intelligence: The New Science of Human Relationships
Authors:Daniel Goleman (Author)
Info:Bantam (2006), Edition: 1, 416 pages
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I recently started the Evelyn Wood reading dynamics program (often called speed reading). This book, like many others in this field droned on about various research that has been done. I decided to try the technique of skimming the book and then read it. It worked. The reading became a lot more interesting and meaningful.

We are prewired for kindness. (Ch 4)

Spindle cells are unique to primates & humans have a lot of them. (Ch 5)

Terminology used in this book:
- Low Road - The emotional response
- High Road - The intellectual analysis

"... serotonin is a neurotransmitter that generates feelings of well-being in the brain. ... 95% of the body's serotonin occurs in the digestive tract, ..." (Page 80) Well, no wonder we like to overeat - it makes us feel good.

"SOCIAL AWARENESS
- Primal empathy: feeling with others; sensing non-verbal emotional signals
- Attunement: Listening with full receptivity; attuning to a person.
- Empathic accuracy: Understanding another person's thoughts, feelings, and intentions.
- Social cognition: knowing how the social world works" (P 84)

"SOCIAL FACILITY
Simply sensing how another feels, [Social Awareness] or knowing what they think or intend, does not guarantee fruitful interactions. Social facility builds on social awareness to allow smooth, effective interactions. The spectrum of social facility includes:
- Synchrony: Interacting smoothly at the nonverbal level.
- Self-presentation: Presneting ourselves effectively
- Influence: Shaping the outcome of social interactions
- Concern: Caring aobut others' needs and acting accordingly" (P 84)

Effective listening is a critical social skill. (p 88)

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"English has no word for amae, but it could certainly use one to refer to ... a closely attuned relationship. Amae [is] that we attune most readily with the people in our lives we know and love - our immediate family and relatives... The closer we are, the more amae." (p 108)

"That debate (Nurture vs Nature or Environment vs Genes) turns out to be pointless, based on the fallacy that our genes and our environment are independent of each other; it's like arguing over which contributes more to the area of a rectangle, the length or the width." (Page 150)

It cites a lot of varied research with the notes at the end of the book going on for 55 pages. It is confirmation that this field is still so young that we don't have solid answers, just lots of research that gives some direction, but not yet quite sure of the final destination. ( )
  bread2u | Jul 1, 2020 |
The new science of Human Relationships
  jhawn | Jul 31, 2017 |
Well aside form IQ and EQ social intelligence plays a crucial role as well for any sane human being. This book has been very informative specially into the studies of human behavior and how exactly one person interacts with another. I applaud Goleman's research on neuroscience and how it has been correlated to being socially inclined to one another. Well this has been a great book, I learned a lot of useful information and at the same time how this can be helpful in being an effective social person not only for myself but almost to everyone. ( )
  Maddison18 | May 7, 2016 |
Bottom line: we are cognitively wired to connect to others; it can be healthy or poisonous.
To be reread :) ( )
  pathogenik | Feb 18, 2016 |
This is a great book that covers a lot of interesting subjects such as education, romantic love, juvenile detention centers, jails, and so much more. I will definitely be listening to it several times. ( )
  amimariscal | May 12, 2012 |
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Explores the nature of human relationships, finding that humans are "wired to connect," and bringing together the latest research in biology and neuroscience to reveal how one's daily encounters shape the brain and affect the body. "Humans have a built-in bias toward empathy, cooperation and altruism, provided we develop the social intelligence to nuture these capabilities in ourselves and others".

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