Summary of Emotional Intelligence for Success

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Emotional Intelligence for Success summary
To make a lasting change to your life, engage your emotions, not your willpower.


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If you have ever made a New Year’s resolution, you know how difficult it is to remain steadfast. In fact, 25% of resolutions fail within a week. Psychology professor David DeSteno explains that the rational approach to self-control – willpower – is flawed. He believes an alternative emotional-based method may raise your chances of success. getAbstract recommends DeSteno’s intriguing report to those who long to apply lasting change to their lives.

In this summary, you will learn

  • Why self-control is an effective predictor of success;
  • Why emotional strategies achieve self-control better than cognitive strategies; and
  • How gratitude, compassion and pride heighten success.


Self-control, or the ability to postpone a short-term reward in favor of a higher future payoff, is a definitive gauge of success, as social psychologist Walter Mischel proved. His marshmallow test found a link between kids’ individual abilities...
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David DeSteno is a professor of psychology at Northeastern University.

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