Daniel Goleman

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Daniel Goleman
Chest high portrait of man in his sixties wearing a suit, in front of backdrop that says "World Economic Forum"
Goleman in 2011
Born (1946-03-07) March 7, 1946 (age 71)
Stockton, California, U.S.
Occupation Writer
Alma mater Amherst College
Harvard University
Spouse Tara Bennett-Goleman
Children 2

Daniel Goleman (born March 7, 1946) is an author, psychologist, and science journalist. For twelve years, he wrote for The New York Times, reporting on the brain and behavioral sciences. His 1995 book, Emotional Intelligence was on The New York Times bestseller list for a year-and-a-half, and a best-seller in many countries, in print worldwide in 40 languages. Apart from his books on emotional intelligence, Goleman has written books on topics including self-deception, creativity, transparency, meditation, social and emotional learning, ecoliteracy and the ecological crisis, and the Dalai Lama’s vision for the future.


Goleman was born in Stockton, California, the son of freethinking college professors. He received a scholarship from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation to attend Amherst College. The Amherst Independent Scholar program allowed him to transfer for his junior year to the University of California at Berkeley. He returned to Amherst where he graduated magna cum laude. He then received a scholarship from the Ford Foundation to attend Harvard University where he received his PhD studying under David C. McClelland.

He studied in India using a pre-doctoral fellowship from Harvard and a post-doctoral grant from the Social Science Research Council. While in India, he spent time with spiritual teacher Neem Karoli Baba, who was also the guru to Ram Dass, Krishna Das (Singer) and Larry Brilliant.[1] He wrote his first book based on travel in India and Sri Lanka.

Goleman then returned as a visiting lecturer to Harvard, where during the 1970s his course on the psychology of consciousness was popular. McClelland recommended him for a job at Psychology Today from which he was recruited by The New York Times in 1984.[2]

Goleman co-founded the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning at Yale University's Child Studies Center which then moved to the University of Illinois at Chicago. Currently he co-directs the Consortium for Research on Emotional Intelligence in Organizations at Rutgers University. He sits on the board of the Mind & Life Institute.[2]


Goleman authored the internationally best-selling book, Emotional Intelligence (1995, Bantam Books), that spent more than one-and-a-half years on The New York Times bestseller list. Goleman developed the argument that non-cognitive skills can matter as much as I.Q. for workplace success in Working with Emotional Intelligence (1998, Bantam Books), and for leadership effectiveness in Primal Leadership (2001, Harvard Business School Press). Goleman's most recent best-seller is Focus: The Hidden Driver of Excellence (Harper, 2013).

In his first book, The Varieties of Meditative Experience (1977) (republished in 1988 as The Meditative Mind) Goleman describes almost a dozen different meditation systems. He wrote that "the need for the meditator to retrain his attention, whether through concentration or mindfulness, is the single invariant ingredient in the recipe for altering consciousness of every meditation system".[3]


Goleman has received many awards, including:

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  1. ^ http://www.songfacts.com/blog/interviews/krishna_das/
  2. ^ a b "Bio". Daniel Goleman. Retrieved July 12, 2012. 
  3. ^ Daniel Goleman, The Varieties of Meditative Experience. New York: Tarcher. ISBN 978-0-87477-833-5. p. 107.

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