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Personal Intelligence: The Power of Personality and How It Shapes Our Lives

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John D. Mayer, the renowned psychologist who co-developed the groundbreaking theory of emotional intelligence, now draws on decades of research to introduce another paradigm-shifting idea: that in order to become our best selves, we use an even broader intelligence—which he calls personal intelligence—to understand our own personality and the personalities of the people ar ...more
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Published February 18th 2014 by Scientific American / Farrar, Straus and Giroux (first published January 1st 2014)
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Mark

I'd like to have given this book three stars because the subject matter -- how we understand people, and the wide range of psychological experiments that have been done to find answers -- is inherently interesting, but Mayer is such a prosaic writer that I just couldn't bring myself to do it.

He should thank his lucky stars that former New York Times writer Daniel Goleman was the first to lay out Mayer's ideas in his best-seller, Emotional Intelligence. Mayer and his colleagues have now developed
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Peter Mcloughlin
This book is an update and more in depth look at social intelligence. It explores personality and our ability to read others personalities to figure out what people will do next. This kind of social intelligence is the most important factor in how good we are at getting along with others and how well we do in life. If we take out factors such as what ethnicity, religion and how much money you have social intelligence has a great deal to do with you life prospects and future. This book is not a s ...more
Kristen
Full disclosure: I won a copy of this book in a Goodreads First Reads giveaway.

In Personal Intelligence: The Power of Personality and How it Shapes Our Lives psychologist and researcher, John Mayer expands his theory of emotional intelligence to a introduce a new theory which he calls personal intelligence. The basic premise is that people who are more attuned to reading other people are more successful in life. Also, closely related to that skill is the ability to "know thy self" which allows t
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Amy C.C. Hsiao
I personally think this book is worth more than 3 stars...quite informing, particularly for those who are interested in human mind and psychology.

The reason that it score 2 point something might be because the author focused too much on making his statement convincing...actually I'm completely willing to believe him and I imagine many of the reader shared the feelings in the process of reading it. But he kind of missed something -- that we readers expect to learn some know-how or what-to-do in
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Heather Fryling
Personal Intelligence offers some real gems, such as the observation that statistical methods may have led us to inaccurately discount the role of personality in human behavior. Mayer points out that although statistical averages are useful for predicting overall performance, they are next to useless to predict behavior in a single event. Thus, studies that looked at correlation between personality and performance on a single test of honesty may have vastly underestimated the importance of a per ...more
Vanessa
Thoroughly informative in practical detail. :)
Nicholas
Goodreads win. Will read and review once received.

I will admit going into this book I wasn't expecting to enjoy this book, but by the end of the book I found myself to really enjoy it. This was a very detailed and informative read. I usually don't read books like this, but I was happy to have given this book a try. This is a book for people who have an interest in the human mind and psychology. This was a great read and I hope it gets the attention it deserves.
Güvenç Altaş
If you interest in personal physchology this is a welcoming book to understand why this topic is important for ordinary people like most of us.İt is written by an expert language where i felt it is done on purpose to distinguish from popular science books.All links and references made me feel bored in many ways.As a summary i recommend the book before diving deep to Hogan's literature.
Thomas  Jackson
This was a great read I think he's definitely on to something, this has certainly helped me dealing with other types of personalities that are out there
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