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    Full of information and tools

    I must be honest, I had never heard the term “Emotional Intelligence” before reading this book. I picked it up because I was curious. However, upon venturing into this seemingly new world, I found that the author is really talking about what I know as emotional maturity. While the topic is somewhat familiar, I must concede that the author was able to cause me to think differently about how we conduct our emotional lives. Emotions are tricky things. We all have them but some people have learned how to better identify and control them than others. The premise of this book is to help the reader not only identify the emotion but also teach him how to manage it intelligently. It sounds a bit clinical at first, like we should all be emotionless robots, but as the reader progresses through this book, he will quickly see that is far from the point. For a short read, this book is full of information and tools. The author takes time in the first few chapters explaining what emotional intelligence is and what it is not. Chapter 4 is filled with information on various types of testing to measure one’s emotional intelligence – much like one might measure IQ. Finally, in the last four chapters, the author gets to the meat of the book, giving the reader many tools, exercises and techniques to employ on his journey to handling emotions intelligently. There are some formatting issues in Chapter 4 where examples from the various tests don’t quite align right in the Kindle version of the book but, other than that, the only real issue I had with this book was the multiple times the author tells the reader to “get up off your ass” and do one thing or another. One has to assume the reader is a reasonably intelligent person if he is interested in this subject matter, so I don’t see the need for the less-than-intelligent language. I think it takes away from the author’s overall credibility and is generally offensive. While I don’t necessarily agree with all points in this book, I see value in most everything the author discusses with regard to understanding and employing emotional intelligence. One passage I especially like is “…if you’re looking for a way to better yourself as a person, telling the truth is usually your best option.” If we live from a place of honesty, with ourselves and with others, we will go a long way to being able to better manage our emotional lives – and life in general.

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