4 Must-Read Books on Emotional Intelligence

Have you been wanting to learn more about emotional intelligence? Emotional intelligence is something that can truly shape the success we find in our lives. The books listed below are must-read books on emotional intelligence that can help you better understand it as well as improve your own.

Emotional Intelligence: Why It Can Matter More Than IQ by Daniel Goleman

While IQ has been a leading factor in deciding how intelligent and successful one might be, emotional intelligence is only gaining in popularity in more recent years. This book dives into the brain and behavioral research that shows the factors at work when people of higher IQ have challenges and those of lower IQs do well. Providing important information and insight about our “two minds” (the rational and emotional) and how they shape our destiny, this book will go over all of the specifics related to emotional intelligence and how it relates to IQ.








Emotional Intelligence 2.0 by Travis Bradberry

It’s pretty clear that emotional intelligence is important to our success in all aspects of life as we interact with people, and our own emotions, on a daily basis. Emotional Intelligence 2.0 will provide you a clearly presented, step-by-step program to guide you to increase your emotional intelligence in four different categories: self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, and relationship management.








Permission to Feel: Unlocking the Power of Emotions to Help Our Kids, Ourselves, and Our Society Thrive by Marc Brackett Ph.D.

If you have children then you’ll definitely want to pick up this book that puts a lot of focus on the development of emotional intelligence of children. As a professor at Yale University’s Child Study Center and the founding director of the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence, the author Marc Brackett is an expert in this field. In his over 25 years as an emotion scientist, Permission to Feel outlines an effective plan to improve the lives of children and adults by providing a blueprint to understand our emotions. In the book, you will learn to use your emotions in a way so that they help our success and well-being, rather than hold it back. In his decades of research, the author has come up with a prescription for healthy children in a system called RULER which is a high-impact approach to understanding emotions. This system has been adopted by thousands of schools with much success and this book will provide the science, passion, and inspiration to help you master it as well.


Emotional Intelligence: For a Better Life, success at work, and happier relationships. Improve Your Social Skills, Emotional Agility and Discover Why it Can Matter More Than IQ. (EQ 2.0) by Brandon Goleman

Emotional Intelligence is a guidebook for any question you have related to your Emotional Quotient. What is your Emotional Quotient, or EQ? The book will teach you all about the different aspects of your EQ including why we have emotions and the importance of emotions. It will also explain the controversial concept that your emotional intelligence may get you further in life than your IQ would. Use this book to explore emotional intelligence and how you can improve your own.

Although rarely looked into, emotional intelligence is something that more people should learn about and work on. The above books will help you do just that as you learn from research, experiences, and go through guides that will help you to improve your own emotional intelligence.


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