Fall Book Recommendations-Christy

This week at Imagine Hope, the therapists will be sharing with you our fall book recommendations. We hope you are able to find a good book and a cozy place to curl up during this beautiful fall season!

Emotional Intelligence: Why it Can Matter More Than IQ by Daniel Goleman

Emotional Intelligence, or EQ for short, is a hot topic in the counseling world.  We all know that our IQ tells us how smart we are—how we absorb knowledge, learn, can retain facts, and perform on tests.  However, you can have an extremely high IQ and not be a successful person.  This is where EQ comes into play.

EQ is how “people smart” you are.  Goleman talks about how EQ can help you become more successful in all relationships.  Unlike IQ, which is predetermined when you are born, EQ can constantly be grown, tweaked, and developed.

Goleman says there are 5 principles that are important to master with EQ:

  • Self-Awareness-The ability to recognize your own thoughts and feelings, and their impact on others.
  • Self-Regulation- The ability to control your own thoughts, feelings, and impulses.
  • Motivation- The ability to be passionate, and the internal drive that allows you to pursue and achieve goals.
  • Empathy-The ability to understand other people’s thoughts and feelings, and to literally put yourself in others’ shoes.
  • Social Skills-The ability to manage and build relationships and build a culture of trust.

Check back this week as the therapists at Imagine Hope provide some great book recommendations.  Happy reading!

Written by Christy Fogg, MSW, LCSW

Christy Fogg, MSW, LCSW is a licensed therapist at Imagine Hope Counseling Group. Christy enjoys doing marriage counseling, individual counseling, couples and relationship counseling. Christy also provides family counseling, child counseling, and adolescent counseling.

Imagine Hope serves the Indianapolis area, including the surrounding areas of Carmel, Fishers, Noblesville, Zionsville, and Westfield.