In this era of constant distraction, focus is daunting. But psychologist and journalist Daniel Goleman says the ability to focus is the key factor in achieving success, more than IQ or social background. Goleman joins us to discuss how we can cultivate different types of attentiveness, from a narrow focus that shuts out the world to the “open awareness” that is receptive to seemingly unrelated ideas.

Daniel Goleman, author of "Focus: The Hidden Driver of Excellence" and other books including "Emotional Intelligence," "Social Intelligence" and "Ecological Intelligence"

  • Robert Thomas

    Pop psychoneurophysiology + “amygdala” + “functional MRI” + “emotional inelegance” + NPR + claptrap + book deal + “meme” + “algorithm” + “quantum” + “mindfulness” – Intro to Statistics ==> dead end

    • Brahli

      Were there any points, in your opinion, that were worth listening to?

      • Robert Thomas

        It was astonishingly void. I had heard most of it during the original broadcast and listened again this time, for the humor value of a respectable organ of NPR (for which I have great affection, okay?) making unintentional self-parody.

        Even real psychology, a nobly pursued science, has a disproportionately high tendency to draw precarious conclusions – of the more mundane, less high-concept buzz-word-loaded pop variety – than other fields of inquiry. It will ever be thus, given the profoundly complex object of its investigation. On top of this, few sciences require more appreciation for and aptitude with statistical analysis, which renders its most important results stubbornly opaque to lay people.

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