Here we are for the first post on this series, devoted to the books and sources I've been finding useful. SO, "Emotional Intelligence 2.0" is for you if you've ever thought..
- that you have a hard time in understanding how you feel;
- you only recognize an emotion after some time and reflection;
- your friends' reactions sometimes astonish you;
- and / or that you want to teach your children how to grow in touch with their emotional part, but don't know where to start;
Then read along! If you're interested, buy it or borrow it and let us know what you think!
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Emotional Intelligence 2.0 by Travis Bradberry and Jean Greaves - co-founders of TalentSmart®
You may wonder why I've chosen to start my series with a book that does not talk about children. In fact, I think children are not even mentioned.
Well, truth is, I've come to think that in order to improve the way we are with our children; in order to better understand our little wonders; in order to enjoy more the time we have together; we need to work on us FIRST.
(Ok, maybe at the same time, but... you get the point)!
This book, in my opinion, doesn't present you anything magical, no miracles here... And maybe that's what I like about it.
It does mix data, theory and practical advice and exercises to get a clear hold on what emotional intelligence is and why you should consider working on it.
What can you expect from this book
The style of this book is practical and entertaining. If you are the kind of person who needs A LOT of theory, then maybe this is not the best reading.
However, if you're looking for down-to-earth strategies that you can easily implement in your daily life, you should give it a go. Its main purpose is getting us to switch our way of thinking and build a real strategy to increase our emotional intelligence.
The structure of this book is easy to go through, so I think what could work best is :
- reading the book from start to finish to grasp the main concepts;
- sneak at which areas you should work on first;
- take a note of which pieces of advice you are already putting into practice, and which one you want to start implementing;
- use then the book as a guide or referral to check regularly how you're doing in your path towards being an emotionally intelligent person!