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Emotional Intelligence : Why It Can Matter More Than IQ for Character, Health and Lifelong Achievement by Daniel P. Goleman.
Excerpt from review in Personal Growth Editor: There was a time when IQ was considered the leading determinant of success. In this fascinating book, based on brain and behavioral research, Daniel Goleman argues that our IQ-idolizing view of intelligence is far too narrow. Instead, Goleman makes the case for "emotional intelligence" being the strongest indicator of human success....
Excerpts from review in Booklist: If your class valedictorian did not become the soaring success everyone predicted, perhaps his IQ exceeded his EQ. Psychologist Daniel Goleman's....well-researched an engrossing, captivating work that should be read by anyone who wants to improve self, family, or world.
Some Do Care : Contemporary Lives of Moral Commitment by Anne Colby & William Damon.
Professors Colby (who helped Lawrence Kohlberg refine his moral development theory) and Damon (Brown University expert on moral development) interview and discuss people who are considered by those surveyed to be moral exemplars in our society.
Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus : A Practical Guide for Improving Communication and Getting What You Want in Your Relationships by John Gray.
Synopsis, Popular marriage counselor and seminar leader John Gray provides a unique, practical, and proven way for men and women to communicate and relate better by acknowledging the differences between them.
The Road Less Traveled : A New Psychology of Love, Traditional Values and Spiritual Growth by M. Scott Peck.
Synopsis, Experience the journey to strength, confidence, happiness, fulfillment, and self-understanding.
Review by a reader (posted on The best book I have ever read. This book explores love by describing the work it takes to get there. Peck does not pull any punches, he does not give suggestions, instead he tells the reader exactly how the mind works.
The Marriage of Sense and Soul : Integrating Science and Religion by Ken Wilber.
Noted philosopher and practicing Buddhist discusses framework basic to philosophy of science and what he considers central to religious experience. The relations among material world, body, mind, and spirit are central.
Book Description by There is arguably no more critical and pressing topic than the relation of science and religion in the modern world. Science has given us the methods for discovering truth, while religion remains the single greatest force for generating meaning. Yet the two are seen as mutually exclusive, with wrenching consequences for humanity. In The Marriage of Sense and Soul, one of today's most important philosophers brilliantly articulates how we might begin to think about science and religion in ways that allow for their reconciliation....
Eight Weeks to Optimum Health : A Proven Program for Taking Full Advantage of Your Body's Natural Healing Power by Andrew Weil.
Dr. Weil, a Harvard-trained botanist and MD who combines traditional and alternative medicine, includes attention to the mind-body relationship.
Book Description by In Eight Weeks to Optimum Health, Dr. Andrew Weil translates the brilliant insights and discoveries he outlined in his acclaimed bestseller, Spontaneous Healing, into a practical plan of action: a week-by-week, step-by-step program for enhancing and protecting present and lifelong health....
Women's Bodies, Women's Wisdom : Creating Physical and Emotional Health and Healing by Christiane Northrup.
Review by Quite possibly every female over the age of 12 will find this huge book enlightening, pain saving, and perhaps even lifesaving. Think of it as a much more empowering and holistic Our Bodies, Ourselves. Northrup is a gynecologist who acknowledges the power of natural therapies and herbs, but also maintains that allopathic treatments, including surgery, are sometimes best. In Women's Bodies, Women's Wisdom, she covers the treatment of many physical concerns--among them PMS, menstrual cramps, breast cancer, fibroids, endometriosis, infertility, depression, childbirth, abortion, cystitis, and menopause--explaining how many of these physical problems have roots in emotional upsets. For example, a woman who is unhappy with her marriage may be infertile because deep down, she knows that her husband is not the right man to have children with; a teenager who has cramps may be having problems accepting society's expectations of her as a woman....
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People : Powerful Lessons in Personal Change by Stephen R. Covey.
Synopsis by Tom Peters, author of In Search of Excellence: The bestselling guide to personal fulfillment and professional success--more than seven million paperback copies in print. Guided by Covey's remarkable step-by-step program, readers will find more meaning and satisfaction in relationships, be better able to achieve personal and professional goals--and can look forward to lasting happiness and success. "A wonderful book that could change your life."

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