The EQ Edge by Book & Stein: Book Review

The EQ Edge: Emotional Intelligence and Your Success

Obtained: Purchased @ Chapters
Pages: 351
Publish date: April 1, 2006
Rating: ★★★★

I’m taking a class in college called Portfolio Development, which basically preps you for the working world: create a decent resume, learn how to write effective cover letters, make your LinkedIn profile stand out…it’s quite helpful. And we were assigned this book to read in order to learn how to behave in the workplace, how to be impressive during an interview… But honestly, I got a lot more out of this book than just “How to Succeed”.

The EQ Edge is divided into multiple chapters that will help teach you how to analyze what you’re feeling, realize how what you’re feeling may influence the way you come off to other people, and how you can change these negative emotions into more positive, attractive ones. And I don’t mean attractive romantically – I mean, you can learn how to recognize when you’re feeling angry or upset for a reason you maybe shouldn’t be, and then get that under control. Or you’ll see how being nice and patient with people will get you further than getting angry.

This book is not only an easy read, but super effective and really makes the concept of emotional intelligence easy to understand. Stein and Book write a number of detailed examples that help paint a picture in the reader’s head of what a bad version of a scenario would look like, and how emotional intelligence would help to improve the outcome. There are also activities at the end of each chapter that invite readers to pull out a notebook and examine their own emotions directly.

As someone with social anxiety, I often am the victim of many irrational emotions. This book really helped me to learn how to get these under control. I actually read through it with a highlighter and will likely go back and complete some of the activities. I recommend this book to anyone who wants to get control of their emotions: not just anger or sadness, but nerves and anxiety, too.

The EQ Edge is available online at Chapters Indigo, Book Depository, and Kobo.

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