Book: “Social Intelligence: The New Science of Human Relationships”

Social Intelligence: The New Science of Human Relationships

Social Intelligence: The New Science of Human Relationships

by Daniel Goleman (Goodreads Author)

Emotional Intelligence was an international phenomenon, appearing on the New York Times bestseller list for over a year and selling more than five million copies worldwide. Now, once again, Daniel Goleman has written a groundbreaking synthesis of the latest findings in biology and brain science, revealing that we are “wired to connect” and the surprisingly deep impact of our relationships on every aspect of our lives.

Far more than we are consciously aware, our daily encounters with parents, spouses, bosses, and even strangers shape our brains and affect cells throughout our bodies—down to the level of our genes—for good or ill. In Social Intelligence, Daniel Goleman explores an emerging new science with startling implications for our interpersonal world. Its most fundamental discovery: we are designed for sociability, constantly engaged in a “neural ballet” that connects us brain to brain with those around us.

Our reactions to others, and theirs to us, have a far-reaching biological impact, sending out cascades of hormones that regulate everything from our hearts to our immune systems, making good relationships act like vitamins—and bad relationships like poisons. We can “catch” other people’s emotions the way we catch a cold, and the consequences of isolation or relentless social stress can be life-shortening. Goleman explains the surprising accuracy of first impressions, the basis of charisma and emotional power, the complexity of sexual attraction, and how we detect lies. He describes the “dark side” of social intelligence, from narcissism to Machiavellianism and psychopathy. He also reveals our astonishing capacity for “mindsight,” as well as the tragedy of those, like autistic children, whose mindsight is impaired.

Is there a way to raise our children to be happy? What is the basis of a nourishing marriage? How can business leaders and teachers inspire the best in those they lead and teach? How can groups divided by prejudice and hatred come to live together in peace?

The answers to these questions may not be as elusive as we once thought. And Goleman delivers his most heartening news with powerful conviction: we humans have a built-in bias toward empathy, cooperation, and altruism–provided we develop the social intelligence to nurture these capacities in ourselves and others.

From the Trade Paperback edition.

(Goodreads.com)
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Book: “The Super Natural: A New Vision of the Unexplained”

The Super Natural: A New Vision of the Unexplained

The Super Natural: A New Vision of the Unexplained

by Whitley Strieber (Goodreads Author), Jeffrey J. Kripal

Two of today’s maverick authors on anomalous experience present a perception-altering and intellectually thrilling analysis of why the paranormal is real, but radically different from what is conventionally understood.

Whitley Strieber (Communion) and Jeffrey J. Kripal (J. Newton Rayzor professor of religion at Rice University) team up on this unprecedented and intellectually vibrant new framing of inexplicable events and experiences.

Rather than merely document the anomalous, these authors–one the man who popularized alien abduction and the other a renowned scholar and “renegade advocate for including the paranormal in religious studies” (The New York Times)–deliver a fast-paced and exhilarating study of why the supernatural is neither fantasy nor fiction but a vital and authentic aspect of life.

Their suggestion? That all kinds of “impossible” things, from extra-dimensional beings to bilocation to bumps in the night, are not impossible at all: rather, they are a part of our natural world. But this natural world is immeasurably more weird, more wonderful, and probably more populated than we have so far imagined with our current categories and cultures, which are what really make these things seem “impossible.”

The Super Natural considers that the natural world is actually a “super natural world”–and all we have to do to see this is to change the lenses through which we are looking at it and the languages through which we are presently limiting it. In short: The extraordinary exists if we know how to look at and think about it.

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Book: “Emotional Intelligence Spectrum”

The Emotional Intelligence Spectrum: perform an EQ test and learn how to improve your Emotional Intelligence (The Art of Growth Book 2)

The Emotional Intelligence Spectrum: perform an EQ test and learn how to improve your Emotional Intelligence (The Art of Growth Book 2)

by Joshua Moore (Goodreads Author)Helen Glasgow

The Emotional Intelligence Spectrum explains how to improve your social skills in order to rapidly succeed in your professional and personal life; how to deal with people, connect with them and influence them. This is the one book you need to buy if you’ve been curious about Emotional Intelligence, how it affects you personally, how to interpret EI in others and how to utilize Emotional Quotient in every aspect of your life. Once you understand how EQ works, by taking a simple test, which is included in this guide, you will learn to harness the power of Emotional Intelligence and use it to further your career as you learn how to connect with people better.

The term Emotional Intelligence first appeared in1964, later the idea was developed in in such known books as Emotional Intelligence Daniel Goleman, Emotional Intelligence 2.0 by Travis Bradberry and Jean Greaves etc. Nowdays EI is widely used in corporate world especially in relation to Emotional Intelligence in leadership aspect. J. Moore´s The Emotional Intelligence Spectrum book is a modern example of interpreting EI in Business.

Intrapersonal intelligence will help you on the home front as well. You will be able to avoid all manner of conflict and become a master at conflict resolution when you can identify your own emotions and how they affect your relationships and judgment.

Here are just some of the fascinating elements of Emotional Intelligence that are covered in this book:

Definition and exploration of EI and its concepts Emotional Intelligence: why it can matter more than IQ Emotional Intelligence assessment EQ testing How you can improve your intrapersonal intelligence Emotional Intelligence and conflict resolution How EI can improve your career Your emotional quotient at homeThis book will unlock the world of The Emotional Intelligence Spectrum for you and teach you how to use EI to avoid conflict and influence others.

Ready to learn about the hidden intelligence of your emotions?

Acquire this book – truly the key to understanding EI!

(Goodreads.com)

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Book: “Self-Analysis” by Karen Horney

Self-Analysis

Self-Analysis

by Karen Horney

Originally published the 1940s, this is one of the founding texts in the self-analysis movement. It still has much practical advice to offer to today’s audience. Many of the earliest books, particularly those dating back to the 1900s and before, are now extremely scarce and increasingly expensive. Hesperides Press are republishing these classic works in affordable, high quality, modern editions, using the original text and artwork. Feasibility and Desirability of Self-Analysis – The Driving Forces in Neuroses – Stages of Psychoanalytic Understanding – The Patient’s Share in the Psychoanalytic Process – Occasional Self-Analysis – Systematic Self-Analysis: Preliminaries – Systematic Self-Analysis of a Morbid Dependency – Spirit and Rules of Systematic Self Analysis – Dealing with Resistances – Limitations of Self Analysis

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Book: “The God Game”

The God Game

The God Game

by Mike Hockney

This is the introductory text of a series of books called “the God Series” in which the most ancient secret society in the world – the Pythagorean Illuminati – reveal, for the first time in the public domain, the “answer to everything”.

Pythagoras provided a glimpse of the answer 2,500 years ago when he declared, “All things are numbers”. The God series fully reveals what Pythagoras meant. Mathematics – built from numbers – is not an abstraction but is ontological: it actually exists. Numbers are real things. Specifically, they are the frequencies of energy waves. (Moreover, energy waves are simply sinusoidal waves: sines and cosines, meaning that the study of energy is the study of sinusoids). There are infinite energy waves, hence infinite numbers. No numbers are privileged over any others, so negative and imaginary numbers are as ontologically important as real numbers (upon which science is exclusively based).

Real numbers correspond to space and imaginary numbers to time. Negative numbers are “antimatter”: a mirror image universe.

The two most powerful numbers of all – and the ultimate basis of Illuminist thinking – are zero and infinity, which are harnessed together ontologically (opposite sides of the same coin, so to speak). The existence of zero and infinity is vehemently denied by the ideology of scientific materialism. In Illuminism, these two numbers not only exist, they are the “God” numbers: the origin of all other numbers. Zero and infinity comprise the Big Bang Singularity itself from which an infinitely large universe emerged: “everything” literally came from “nothing”.

Moreover, zero is also the “monad” of Leibniz (an Illuminati Grand Master). It is therefore the number of THE SOUL, and it has INFINITE capacity. Being dimensionless – a mathematical point – the soul is outside the dimensional, material domain of space and time, hence the soul is indestructible, immortal and cannot be detected by any conventional scientific experiment.

What we are describing are the necessary, analytic, eternal truths of mathematics – they have no connection with Abrahamic religious faith. There is NO Creator God but, astoundingly, each soul is capable of being promoted to God status, just as the pawn in chess can become the most important chess piece, the Queen, if it reaches the other side of the battlefield (the board). In Illuminism, if you reach gnosis – enlightenment – you become God.

Mathematics is literally everything. Unlike science, mathematics offers certainty: 100% true and incontestable knowledge. Mathematics unifies science, religion and metaphysics. Mathematics is the true Grand Unified Theory of Everything that science pursues so futilely. Science can never deliver truth and certainty because it is inherently a succession of provisional theories, any of which can be overturned at any time by new experimental data. Science is based on ideas of validation and falsification. Mathematics is based on absolute analytic and unarguable certainty. No experiment can ever contradict a mathematical truth.

Mathematics is the ONLY answer to everything. Mathematics is the ONLY subject inherently about eternal, Platonic truth. As soon as existence is understood to be nothing but ontological mathematics, all questions are ipso facto answered.

The God series, starting with The God Game, reveals the astonishing power of ontological mathematics to account for everything, including things such as free will, irrationalism, emotion, consciousness and qualia, which seem to have no connection with mathematics.

Read the God series and you will become a convert to the world’s only rational religion – Illuminism, the Pythagorean religion of mathematics that infallibly explains all things and guarantees everyone a soul that is not only eternal but also has the capacity to make of each of us a true God.

Isn’t it time to become Illuminated?

(Goodreads.com)

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John Steinbeck on Falling in Love: A 1958 Letter of Advice to His Lovesick Teenage Son

By Maria Popova (brainpickings.org)

Nobel laureate John Steinbeck (February 27, 1902–December 20, 1968) might be best-known as the author of East of EdenThe Grapes of Wrath, and Of Mice and Men, but he was also a prolific letter-writer. Steinbeck: A Life in Letters (public library) constructs an alternative biography of the iconic author through some 850 of his most thoughtful, witty, honest, opinionated, vulnerable, and revealing letters to family, friends, his editor, and a circle of equally well-known and influential public figures.

Among his correspondence is this beautiful response to his eldest son Thom’s 1958 letter, in which the teenage boy confesses to have fallen desperately in love with a girl named Susan while at boarding school. Steinbeck’s words of wisdom — tender, optimistic, timeless, infinitely sagacious — should be etched onto the heart and mind of every living, breathing human being.

New York
November 10, 1958

Dear Thom:

We had your letter this morning. I will answer it from my point of view and of course Elaine will from hers.

First — if you are in love — that’s a good thing — that’s about the best thing that can happen to anyone. Don’t let anyone make it small or light to you.

Second — There are several kinds of love. One is a selfish, mean, grasping, egotistical thing which uses love for self-importance. This is the ugly and crippling kind. The other is an outpouring of everything good in you — of kindness and consideration and respect — not only the social respect of manners but the greater respect which is recognition of another person as unique and valuable. The first kind can make you sick and small and weak but the second can release in you strength, and courage and goodness and even wisdom you didn’t know you had.

You say this is not puppy love. If you feel so deeply — of course it isn’t puppy love.

But I don’t think you were asking me what you feel. You know better than anyone. What you wanted me to help you with is what to do about it — and that I can tell you.

Glory in it for one thing and be very glad and grateful for it.

The object of love is the best and most beautiful. Try to live up to it.

If you love someone — there is no possible harm in saying so — only you must remember that some people are very shy and sometimes the saying must take that shyness into consideration.

Girls have a way of knowing or feeling what you feel, but they usually like to hear it also.

It sometimes happens that what you feel is not returned for one reason or another — but that does not make your feeling less valuable and good.

Lastly, I know your feeling because I have it and I’m glad you have it.

We will be glad to meet Susan. She will be very welcome. But Elaine will make all such arrangements because that is her province and she will be very glad to. She knows about love too and maybe she can give you more help than I can.

And don’t worry about losing. If it is right, it happens — The main thing is not to hurry. Nothing good gets away.

Love,

Fa

Complement the altogether magnificent Steinbeck: A Life in Letters with the beloved writer on the creative spirit and the meaning of lifethe art of changing one’s mind, and his six tips on writing.

via Letters of Note

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