Daniel Goleman’s book Emotional Intelligence has been around for a while, but I didn’t get around to reading it until now. In some ways, this is a meta-book, drawing together information from a lot of different researchers, some of whose work I have read in other contexts.
Perhaps it is because the ideas have already seeped out into the culture or perhaps because they seem intuitive, but I didn’t think there was that much exciting in the book. Essentially, knowing how to recognize and manage our emotions allows us to function in society to the best of our other abilities; we unlock our other intelligences by using our emotional intelligence.
From a fitness perspective, this concept speaks to engaging the mind-body connection. We recognize our emotions in part through how they feel in our bodies. Tuning into our bodies and using our bodies to enhance or soothe our emotional state will create a better starting point for our other activities in life.