The content is very interesting and insightful, but not action orientated if you asked me. The experiments and research all over the book are informative and somehow useful if you think creatively how to use it on a day to day basis. I cannot say it is a five-star book for it took me several weeks to finish it, even though I'm a voracious reader. The topic is very attractive but the book not very thrilling. A hard reading, which will make you aware of the human behavior possibilities and maybe understand moments in your life - people around you on those occasions and yourself-, but won't have a strong impact on your routine after finishing it. Perhaps, in the long term, the book may escalate its utility for us.
It's a really important book that gives you important advices and insights on: (1) knowing yourself; (2) dealing with yourself; (3) cheering you up; (4) understanding other people; and (5) handling other people.
That is a precious source of clues that can improve the personal abilities stated by Howard Gardner: interpesonal and intrapersonal intellignece.
Daniel Goleman shows in a clear way the importance of emotional literacy in our lives and, most importantly, in the lives of our children. With statistics that prove that earlier we are taught about this subject, the better for our academic achievement and school performance, besides the fact that it helps to improve our society.
The book has a good scientific base, the author made a serious research in many articles. However, the text is too long and repetitive in many parts. I also feel the lack of a more profound detailing of tips to the reader's mastery of emotions. The full description of how programs work in schools is also not so relevant.