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With over 30 million copies sold since its original publication in 1960, Psycho-Cybernetics has been used by athletes, entrepreneurs, college students, and many others, to achieve life-changing goals--from losing weight to dramatically increasing their income--finding that success is not only possible but remarkably simple. Now updated to include present-day anecdotes and With over 30 million copies sold since its original publication in 1960, Psycho-Cybernetics has been used by athletes, entrepreneurs, college students, and many others, to achieve life-changing goals--from losing weight to dramatically increasing their income--finding that success is not only possible but remarkably simple. Now updated to include present-day anecdotes and current personalities, The New Psycho-Cybernetics remains true to Dr. Maltz’s promise:“If you can remember, worry, or tie your shoe, you can succeed with Psycho-Cybernetics!”


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With over 30 million copies sold since its original publication in 1960, Psycho-Cybernetics has been used by athletes, entrepreneurs, college students, and many others, to achieve life-changing goals--from losing weight to dramatically increasing their income--finding that success is not only possible but remarkably simple. Now updated to include present-day anecdotes and With over 30 million copies sold since its original publication in 1960, Psycho-Cybernetics has been used by athletes, entrepreneurs, college students, and many others, to achieve life-changing goals--from losing weight to dramatically increasing their income--finding that success is not only possible but remarkably simple. Now updated to include present-day anecdotes and current personalities, The New Psycho-Cybernetics remains true to Dr. Maltz’s promise:“If you can remember, worry, or tie your shoe, you can succeed with Psycho-Cybernetics!”

30 review for The New Psycho-Cybernetics: The Original Science of Self-Improvement and Success That Has Changed the Lives of 30 Million People

  1. 4 out of 5

    Mario Tomic

    There's just a few books that I re-read every year, and this is one of them. Close to a year ago I read the original version by Maxwell Maltz and this time I decided to check out the new one. Both are brilliant books, and I like the Dan Kennedy version a bit more as the few updates really make the book evergreen. HIGHLY recommended reading, this is a book that will change your life and help you make that identity shift that's necessary to achieve success in any area of life. There's just a few books that I re-read every year, and this is one of them. Close to a year ago I read the original version by Maxwell Maltz and this time I decided to check out the new one. Both are brilliant books, and I like the Dan Kennedy version a bit more as the few updates really make the book evergreen. HIGHLY recommended reading, this is a book that will change your life and help you make that identity shift that's necessary to achieve success in any area of life.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Eleanor

    The fundamental ideas are good, but it's moderately saturated with God references and "The Creator" and stuff that inches dangerously towards schools of thought that endorse not taking responsibility for your actions, which is severely contradictory to what I think he's trying to say. Also, the "New" ness of it just involves lengthy additional chapters / paragraphs that brag about how many people have used his book (but not always specifying how). Good supplementary reading: The Mental Edge - Ken The fundamental ideas are good, but it's moderately saturated with God references and "The Creator" and stuff that inches dangerously towards schools of thought that endorse not taking responsibility for your actions, which is severely contradictory to what I think he's trying to say. Also, the "New" ness of it just involves lengthy additional chapters / paragraphs that brag about how many people have used his book (but not always specifying how). Good supplementary reading: The Mental Edge - Kenneth Baum

  3. 4 out of 5

    Jefferson F

    One of the best books I have ever read in the field of psychology and identity. This book is a must read for anyone interested in personal development, understanding yourself and understanding others.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Brom Kim

    I am rating this for originality and heft of ideas, not writing. This book may come across as a little cheesy, as it did for me, until I considered that it may be the origin, or at least a key 20th Century popularization, of important performance enhancing techniques, and that from my layman's point of view, said techniques and concepts remain as sound as ever against current neuro- and cognitive science. Why was Lindsey Vonn, the gold medalist alpine skier, often seen, eyes closed in a silent, m I am rating this for originality and heft of ideas, not writing. This book may come across as a little cheesy, as it did for me, until I considered that it may be the origin, or at least a key 20th Century popularization, of important performance enhancing techniques, and that from my layman's point of view, said techniques and concepts remain as sound as ever against current neuro- and cognitive science. Why was Lindsey Vonn, the gold medalist alpine skier, often seen, eyes closed in a silent, mental, pre-race run down the course last olympics? Read this and find out. The book is a little long considering the relatively simple, straightforward ideas in it. The prologue from the revising author is entirely skippable, and forgettable, but the main ideas here are not.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Roxane Lapa

    Psycho Cybernetics is one of the original self help books on which most others are now based. It deals with the self-image and the role that it plays in a shaping a person's continued success or failure. The author, Dr Maxwell Maltz, was a plastic surgeon who became interested in the dramatic personality changes of some of his patients after surgery. For many patients a physical defect (for example flappy ears) had imposed an artificial limit on the person's ability to succeed, and once the cosm Psycho Cybernetics is one of the original self help books on which most others are now based. It deals with the self-image and the role that it plays in a shaping a person's continued success or failure. The author, Dr Maxwell Maltz, was a plastic surgeon who became interested in the dramatic personality changes of some of his patients after surgery. For many patients a physical defect (for example flappy ears) had imposed an artificial limit on the person's ability to succeed, and once the cosmetic defect had been rectified, so had the psychological limit been removed. Other patients went right on with the same damaged self image even after successful surgery. This prompted Dr Maltz to study this phenomenon and ultimately he changed his career in order to focus on it. This book deals with a lot more than just improving your self image though. It is jam packed with invaluable insight into a range of issues, including mental disorders. This book is a life changer and worth every cent, so why am I giving it only 1 star? ...because the author quotes the findings of animal experiments involving starving rats (chapter 13, under the heading 'Pressure Retards Learning') and wounding and restricting the movement of rats (chapter 15, under the heading 'Science's Search for the Elixer of Youth'). These bullshit experiments don't prove anything because we aren't rats and quoting their findings gives legitimacy to these cruel and unnecessary experiments. I really hope that in future editions the author leaves these out of an otherwise fantastic book.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Bob Page

    I quote the book: 'Dr. J. B. Rhine, head of Duke University's Parapsychology Laboratory, has proved experimentally that man has access to knowledge, facts, and ideas, other than his own individual memory or stored information from learning or experience. Telepathy, clairvoyance, precognition have been established by scientific laboratory experiments. His findings, that man possesses some "extra sensory factor," which he calls "Psi," are no longer doubted by scientists who have seriously reviewed I quote the book: 'Dr. J. B. Rhine, head of Duke University's Parapsychology Laboratory, has proved experimentally that man has access to knowledge, facts, and ideas, other than his own individual memory or stored information from learning or experience. Telepathy, clairvoyance, precognition have been established by scientific laboratory experiments. His findings, that man possesses some "extra sensory factor," which he calls "Psi," are no longer doubted by scientists who have seriously reviewed his work. As Professor R. H. Thouless of Cambridge University says, "The reality of the phenomena must be regarded as proved as certainly as anything in scientific research can be proved."' Kennedy's updated edition also includes some self-contradictory and false information about nature vs. nurture (search for "heritage had little or nothing to do with their success".) See the references at "Everything is heritable" for a scientific perspective: http://www.gwern.net/newsletter/2014/08 One bit of major nonsense in the first few chapters, I'll forgive, but not two.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Terry Kim

    One of the best books I've ever read. If there is a "secret" to success and happiness this is the closest thing. Psycho Cybernetics is a book written by a plastic surgeon turned author. The author noticed changes in patients life and personality or the lack of changes after the surgery. Patient would become a completely different person after a successful surgery but also surprisingly some patients stayed the same. The discovery author has made is that it is our 'Self Images' of ourselves that def One of the best books I've ever read. If there is a "secret" to success and happiness this is the closest thing. Psycho Cybernetics is a book written by a plastic surgeon turned author. The author noticed changes in patients life and personality or the lack of changes after the surgery. Patient would become a completely different person after a successful surgery but also surprisingly some patients stayed the same. The discovery author has made is that it is our 'Self Images' of ourselves that defines our life and happiness. It is what enables us to make extraordinary achievements but on the other hand could even kill us. We are what we think we are. If we can deliberately change our thoughts of ourselves and visualize the success/happiness, our subconscious will run in the background to make it happen. Dont get me wrong, this isnt a cliche positive psychology of glass half full. Where you think good thoughts once and life will be sunshines and rainbows. But it is deliberate and hardwork of re wiring our brains to channel our thoughts to accomplish great things. Must read, and must re-read for me.

  8. 5 out of 5

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    Maxwell Maltz Quotes: Psycho-Cybernetics and Self-Image https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EAe8i... - The self image is the key to change personality & behaviour, determines who we become, the outer matches the inner - Self image is an imaginary you carry inside, effects your self talk - Self image can help you see new possibilities, have better self talk/empowering thoughts - Self image and habits go together. Changing one effects the other - The battle is won in the mind, the rest is just play-through Maxwell Maltz Quotes: Psycho-Cybernetics and Self-Image https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EAe8i... - The self image is the key to change personality & behaviour, determines who we become, the outer matches the inner - Self image is an imaginary you carry inside, effects your self talk - Self image can help you see new possibilities, have better self talk/empowering thoughts - Self image and habits go together. Changing one effects the other - The battle is won in the mind, the rest is just play-through - Your mind doesn't know the difference between imagination and an actual experience. THIS IS HUGE YOUR BRAIN DOESN'T KNOW IF YOU DO SOMETHING WELL OR IMAGINE DOING IT WELL -By visualising success/your desired outcome you can change your self image to achieve your goals. Visualize your best self, daily; How do you want to be, feel and act? Visualize how you want (new) events to go like Write down your disempowering beliefs and identify what pain they cause in your life (pain/pleasure principle on beliefs)

  9. 5 out of 5

    Kris

    Great book about how our perceptions create our reality. I recommend this to anyone who is wanting to change their lives in any way, shape or form. The author was a plastic surgeon and was able to change people's lives with a knife, but he learned that it took more than a change of the body to change someone's self image. It's an easy read and easy to follow book. Great book about how our perceptions create our reality. I recommend this to anyone who is wanting to change their lives in any way, shape or form. The author was a plastic surgeon and was able to change people's lives with a knife, but he learned that it took more than a change of the body to change someone's self image. It's an easy read and easy to follow book.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Charmaine

    This book changed my life and my self-image and improved my self-esteem. This is one of the few books that I am going to keep on re-reading for the rest of my life.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Daniel Taylor

    The ceiling on your success is your self-image. Fortunatey, this book shows you how to alter your self-image to truly reflect who you are, thereby letting your brilliance shine. Alongside Stephen Covey's The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, it ranks as the best self-help book ever. Almost everything written in the field since is derivative to a greater or lesser extent. It's the kind of book destined to become a classic because it's ideas are easy-to-understand and simple to practice, and yet The ceiling on your success is your self-image. Fortunatey, this book shows you how to alter your self-image to truly reflect who you are, thereby letting your brilliance shine. Alongside Stephen Covey's The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, it ranks as the best self-help book ever. Almost everything written in the field since is derivative to a greater or lesser extent. It's the kind of book destined to become a classic because it's ideas are easy-to-understand and simple to practice, and yet take a lifetime to master. Even small successes using Psycho-Cybernetics will make Olympic differences to your enjoyment of life.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Holly Hansen

    This book is one of the most powerful and transformational books I have ever read. I came across this book at at time in my life - where my world felt was filled with stress, anxiety, low self-esteem and more. One of the key concepts that was truly healing was the idea of healing emotional scars with forgiveness. And there are plenty more ideas worth reading or listening to this book for. What most people don't know - is that the original version of this book helped inspire and influence the crea This book is one of the most powerful and transformational books I have ever read. I came across this book at at time in my life - where my world felt was filled with stress, anxiety, low self-esteem and more. One of the key concepts that was truly healing was the idea of healing emotional scars with forgiveness. And there are plenty more ideas worth reading or listening to this book for. What most people don't know - is that the original version of this book helped inspire and influence the creation of NLP (neuro linguistic programing) , and NLP later became some of the foundations for Tony Robbin's work.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Bob Livingston

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Its not the original New psycho cybernetics by Maxwell Maltz!! It is written by Dan kennedy, and is based ot the original "New psycho cybernetics" but much worst!! Read the Original from 1960s and re-publishied in1989!! Its not the original New psycho cybernetics by Maxwell Maltz!! It is written by Dan kennedy, and is based ot the original "New psycho cybernetics" but much worst!! Read the Original from 1960s and re-publishied in1989!!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Nguyen Huu Anh Vu

    If you have read Think and Grow Rich, which lists 13 steps to be successful, you should read this as well. This book explains methods to assist your thinking, make your goals less intimidating, remove negative thoughts, remove your inhibitors so that you can excel forward with ease... and many more benefits The overall theme is the "Self-Image" - a picture of how we see ourselves. If you think you are a shy, coward, and timid individual, you'll behave the same. If you think you are a courage, con If you have read Think and Grow Rich, which lists 13 steps to be successful, you should read this as well. This book explains methods to assist your thinking, make your goals less intimidating, remove negative thoughts, remove your inhibitors so that you can excel forward with ease... and many more benefits The overall theme is the "Self-Image" - a picture of how we see ourselves. If you think you are a shy, coward, and timid individual, you'll behave the same. If you think you are a courage, confident and winning person, you can destroy any obstacles coming your way and live a fulfilled life. Can we change our self-image? Certainly YES! It's what the book is for. Many exercises and practices in the book have been applied and proven by successful people around the world. Now, it's your turn! I rated it 4 stars because this edition changes some wordings from the original; making it longer and harder to follow. Some examples use golf, which is not a good example for us commoners.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Mike Henricks

    Lots of good information and techniques to learn the ins and outs of the mind and the tools it provides. I like Dr. Maltz’ ideas on how the mind works. I don’t think you need to read the original Psycho-cybernetics to find value in this book. A good book to keep as a handbook and reread certain chapters as needed. 4 stars rather than 5 due simply to being dry at some points-which is to be expected in books like this anyways. 5 star content!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Gautam

    A very insightful book that expounds on the subconscious and conscious mode of action, on self image, and on how our subconscious mind is a goal striving servo-mechanism designated to achieve success. Not much of a clinical-jargon- ridden text but a very descriptive, common-sense kind of book, which also provides a series of mental excercies that prods you to ‘do’ and not just to think.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Meysam

    It is absolutely worth reading.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Avel Rudenko

    Helps you to start embracing success. Even when the best strategy is within our grasp, we can still choose to reject it or embrace it, depending on how afraid we are of an unfamiliar healthy life. So if you're REALLY fed up with all the problems in your life that stem from your awful self-esteem, if you're honestly committed to finding a better existence, if you're ready to outsmart your fears, then this book will transform your life. It's just that simple. This book is too good to pass up. I hi Helps you to start embracing success. Even when the best strategy is within our grasp, we can still choose to reject it or embrace it, depending on how afraid we are of an unfamiliar healthy life. So if you're REALLY fed up with all the problems in your life that stem from your awful self-esteem, if you're honestly committed to finding a better existence, if you're ready to outsmart your fears, then this book will transform your life. It's just that simple. This book is too good to pass up. I highly recommend it.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Mana

    I expected more, and I think I might enjoy the original version of this book better than this new version. I've read some of Dan Kennedy's work before, and I had a difficult time not hearing the copywriting voice he uses. Plus, I all I could see were the subtle advertisements all over the text for other peoples' work. The thing I liked about the book is that it's clear Maxwell's ideas have influenced the entire field of self-improvement. This book is the foundation of the teachings of people lik I expected more, and I think I might enjoy the original version of this book better than this new version. I've read some of Dan Kennedy's work before, and I had a difficult time not hearing the copywriting voice he uses. Plus, I all I could see were the subtle advertisements all over the text for other peoples' work. The thing I liked about the book is that it's clear Maxwell's ideas have influenced the entire field of self-improvement. This book is the foundation of the teachings of people like Tony Robbins. I just couldn't get past all the actual copywriting language.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Carolina

    It wasn't really helpful, it's was just one of the the first self improvement books and since I've read a couple before it seemed repetitive. I wouldn't recommend it but interesting to know of it and a few facts, because I actually came across his name the other day. It wasn't really helpful, it's was just one of the the first self improvement books and since I've read a couple before it seemed repetitive. I wouldn't recommend it but interesting to know of it and a few facts, because I actually came across his name the other day.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Alexsolumgmail.com

    Brilliant book to give you inspiration, motivation and insight into our own emotions. Practical tips and examples of how to apply methods to your life.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Mason Lawlor

    This book supposedly created the self help genre- that's enough credibility for me. It was an incredible book! This book supposedly created the self help genre- that's enough credibility for me. It was an incredible book!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Ravi

    This one is too prescriptive and tips and tricks are not my thing. MindGym is a better choice in this genre.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Vlad Kitaynik

    Book has nothing common with BD in IT

  25. 4 out of 5

    Phillip

    I don't know how many times I've read this book. But, I've finished it again. I think the author has a lot to say about human nature. It is like a 280 page is it I've meme. I don't know how many times I've read this book. But, I've finished it again. I think the author has a lot to say about human nature. It is like a 280 page is it I've meme.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Sotiris Makrygiannis

    possible re read. is good book

  27. 5 out of 5

    AbdulRahman AlHamali

    I don't usually read self-help books, but that one is a must! I don't usually read self-help books, but that one is a must!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Ilib4kids

    158.1 MAL 2002 PLAYER 158.1 MAL 2002 First published in 1960 by Dr. Maltz, who is the first researcher of self-image study. Dr. Maltz said the purpose of all psychotherapy is to build the self-esteem, which I totally agree. Main point of this book 1. important of self-image. 2. truly be yourself with its own limits and errors and wonders, use logical conscious mind to analyze unreasonable not truly yourself standard, establish truly to yourself goals. 3. invoke automatic success mechanism (ASM), avoi 158.1 MAL 2002 PLAYER 158.1 MAL 2002 First published in 1960 by Dr. Maltz, who is the first researcher of self-image study. Dr. Maltz said the purpose of all psychotherapy is to build the self-esteem, which I totally agree. Main point of this book 1. important of self-image. 2. truly be yourself with its own limits and errors and wonders, use logical conscious mind to analyze unreasonable not truly yourself standard, establish truly to yourself goals. 3. invoke automatic success mechanism (ASM), avoid automatic failure mechanism (AFM), and our body will automatically achieve the goal, like guided torpedo. My summary: this book is all about how to build self-image that controls what you can and can not accomplish, self-image is slight different from positive thinking, obvious 2 high related. before I read this book, I have already figure out the important of self-image. The damage of emotional scar. To really change yourself, change your mind is the first step and it is the most hardest step. The idea of self-image as steersman, and "act as if " visualization are widely used in psychological treatment. You need another book How to Win Friends and Influence People to be social success. see more comment on that book. Methods to change your mind: 1. The Theater of Mind p 56, rehearsal practice p57 2. Act as if p64, p87 3. Practicing in the head, Patty Carlson: "How to Play Piano Program" video program p58 4. I Never want to Do These things Again List p90 5. Gaining Emotional Poise by Dr. James Gordon Gilkey, 1944, like hour glass on your desk, it comes to us in single file. p 113 6. intense conscious focus on a problem for a period of time, and then let it go (free grip of our conscious mind), let our unconscious mind work on its magic. Quotes from the book: 1. p1 Discovering your real self means the difference between freedom and compulsions of conformity. 1.p11 To really 'live,' that is to find life reasonably satisfying, you must have an adequate and realistic self-image that you can life with. You must find yourself acceptable to 'you.' You must have a wholesome self-esteem. You must have a self that you can trust and believe in. You must have a self that you are not ashamed to be, and one that you can feel to express creatively, rather than hide to cover up. You must know yourself-both your strengths and your weakness -and be honest with yourself concerning both. Your self-image must be a reasonable approximation of "you", being neither more nor less than you. When this self-image is intact and secure, you feel good. When it is threatened, you feel anxious and insecure. When it is adequate and one that you can be wholesomely proud of, you feel self-confident. You feel free to be yourself and to express yourself. You function at your optimum. When self-image is an object of shame, you attempt to hide it rather than express it. Creative expressions blocked. You become hostile and hard to get along with. 2.p27,83 ,Your as creator of your own life experience = Rational Thinking leads to (1) Conscious mind decision + (2) Imagination communications Goal/Target to (3) Self-Image = (4) "Work Order" Instruction to Servo-mechanism. 2. Human beings always act and feel and perform in accordance with what they imagine to be true about themselves and their environment. 3. p50 You act and feel not according to what things are really like, but according to the image your mind holds of what they like. Your have certain mental image of yourself, your world, and the people around you, and you behave as though these image was the truth, the reality, rather than the things they represent. 4. p64-66 truth of yourself : is not to create a fictitious self that is all-powerful, arrogant, egoistic, all-important. Superiority complex is same as inferiority, superior self is a coverup, to hide from deep-down feeling of inferiority and insecurity. truth of yourself is a religion, The Fundamentalists is to "glorify God", Humanists is to "express himself fully". Liberating individuals from their own inner, mental, often unconscious self-sabotage, and the corollary premise of individuals being intended (if not engineered) to succeed, not fail. 5. 4 levels of learning 1. unconscious incompetence 2. conscious incompetence 3. conscious competence 4. unconscious competence 6. The essence of psycho-cybernetics is the accurate, calm, and ultimately automatic separation of fact from fiction, fact from opinion, actual circumstance from magnified obstacle, so that our actions and reactions are solidly based on truth, not our own or others' opinions. p123 7. p125 The picture of failure (FAILURE: acronym) Frustration, hopelessness, futility Aggressiveness (misdirected) Insecurity Loneliness (lack of "oneness") Uncertainty Resentment Emptiness 8. p195-197 Forgiveness is not a weapon , either make us "good", or in a superior position, or win out over our enemy. or glib "Don't merely try to 'get even'- forgive your enemy and you 'get ahead' of him, are common fallacies regarding forgiveness. ...True forgiveness comes only when we are able to see, and emotionally accept, that there is and was nothing for us to forgive... This is, what therapeutic forgiveness is, and that it is the only type of forgiveness that really work, no strings attached. 9. p213 .Poise: 沉着自信: is the deliberate shunting aside of all fears arising from new and uncontrolled circumstances 10. p230 calm mind, calm body; calm body, calm mind (or tension will make muscle stiff will harm body health) 11. p245 To perform well in a crisis, we need to (1) learn certain skills under conditions where we ill not be over motivated; we need to practice without practice (2) We need to learn to react to crisis with an aggressive, rather than a defensive, attitude, to response to the challenge in the situation rather than to the menace, to keep our positive goal in mind. (3) We need to learn to evaluate so-called "crisis" situations in their true perspective, to avoid making mountains out of molehills.. p246 If the animal is over motivated, the cognitive map is narrow and restricted, it learns just one way to solve problem. Otherwise, it is broad and general... Practice without pressure and you will learn more efficiently and be able to perform better in a crisis situation. p291 "We age, not by years, but by events and our emotional reactions to them. " Said Dr. by Arnold A. Hutschnecker Chapters 1. The Self-Image: Your Key to Living Without Limits 2. How to Awaken the Automatic Success Mechanism Within You 3. Imagination — The Ignition Key to Your Automatic Success Mechanism 4. How to De-Hypnotize Yourself from False Beliefs 5. How to Succeed with the Power of Rational Thinking 6. How to Relax and Let Your Automatic Success Mechanism Work for You 7. You Can Acquire the Habit of Happiness 8. Ingredients of the “Success-type” Personality and How to Acquire Them 9. How to Avoid Accidentally Activating Your Automatic Failure Mechanism 10.How to Remove Emotional Scars and Give Yourself an Emotional Face Lift 11. How to Unlock Your Real Personality 12. Do-It-Yourself Tranquilizers that Bring Peace of Mind 13. How to Turn a Crisis into a Creative Opportunity 14. How to Get and Keep “That Winning Feeling” 15. More Years of Life and More Life in Your Years 16. True Stories of Lives Changed Using Psycho-Cybernetics Mental training exercise. p41, p66, p81, p99, ... each chapter has a mental exercise. Terms: 1. p19 limbic memory: controlled by 3 factors, authoritative source; intensity; repetition. 2. Cybernetics: Geek word meaning: the steersman. 3. Purpose tremor p250 4. Crisis: A Greek word, mean literally decisiveness, or point of decision. books I think it is interesting to read: Battling the Inner Dummy: The Craziness of Apparently Normal People by David L. Weiner Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill (classic reading) Anatomy of an Illness: As Perceived by the Patient by Norman Cousins Not so interesting: The Mental Athlete: Inner Training for Peak Performance by Kay Porter (very interesting: relieving pain and accelerating recovery) Revolution from Within: A Book of Self-Esteem by Gloria Steinem You're Working Too Hard To Make The Sale!: More Than 100 Insider Tools To Sell Faster And Easier by William T. Brooks Self-Consistency: A Theory of Personality by Prescott Lecky How to Have Confidence and Power in Dealing with People by Les Giblin Zig Ziglar's Secrets of Closing the Sale by Zig Ziglar Profiles of Power and Success by Gene N. Landrum (argue nurture is the basis for success) Break Out of the Box: A New Leadership Model for High Personal Achievement by Mike Vance Mind Over Golf: How to Use Your Head to Lower Your Score by Richard H. Coop Do One Thing Different: Ten Simple Ways to Change Your Life by Bill O'Hanlon Zero-Resistance Selling: Achieve Extraordinary Sales Results Using World Renowned techqs Psycho Cybernetic by Maxwell Maltz The Mental Athlete: Inner Training for Peak Performance by Kay Porter The Stress of Life by Hans Selye The Will To Live by Arnold A. Hutschnecker

  29. 5 out of 5

    Dblinkzz

    There is one major problem with the teachings of this book, and it's not the authors fault but the people that follow this advice and believes in it, believes in visualizations as a means of just imagining something really cool happens to them, for example the author talks about (in the end of the book almost) about a guy who came back with him saying that these teachings won't do nothing and how this person religiously applied the teachings of visualizing things and they never came to reality ( There is one major problem with the teachings of this book, and it's not the authors fault but the people that follow this advice and believes in it, believes in visualizations as a means of just imagining something really cool happens to them, for example the author talks about (in the end of the book almost) about a guy who came back with him saying that these teachings won't do nothing and how this person religiously applied the teachings of visualizing things and they never came to reality (he wanted to be a top executive in a great company and marry a beautiful woman) and that's not how it works! I don't think anywhere in the book does it say that you have to picture winning the lottery and you will, those things are out of your control, what it is really about is about learning how to control the things you can control, the author calls it "shadow boxing" so for instance, if you want to marry a beautiful woman, you don't picture the day you are getting married, you picture yourself meeting and talking to the woman you like, by doing this, you'll start to notice how some of the positive things that you picture, or the things the ideal 'you' say or do, make you feel weird, or not 'yourself', well, that's spotting the problem. For a practical purpose, if you want to be successful at work, you don't picture yourself as 'the boss', you picture yourself 'getting early at the office than you are supposed to, dressing 2 levels above the required, working harder than anyone, being the most organized, neat, professional looking person there.' If you feel that you can't look professional because your appearance doesn't suit it, then you start working on that, you start visualizing yourself as 'a person that can't look unprofessional, that is always walking straight, talking in a good tone and using the correct words, you have a great handshake and don't mind speaking in public, in fact, you love it and you do it right because you've visualized yourself doing it and practicing every presentation you have', that's the way you do it, those thoughts and mental practice will lead you to take care of your hair, your clothes, you will start working out, you will get to the office early, you might as well get out of the office later than others because remember : 'you are the hardest worker, you have the ability to focus on complex tasks and resolve them correctly, you don't mind getting dirty in the work that no one wants to do, and you do complete everything you start, you deliver on date, no matter what' I have a friend who wants his metal band to be successful and he keeps visualizing himself just winning, just the day he reaches a big stage and he thinks that's all he needs to acheive it. Who knows if he will, but I gave him this book and the teachings of start visualizing himself writing songs, playing flawlessly, being an understanding and inspiring leader to his band, playing a mental movie of being in a band conflict and resolving it with accolades, or being at practice and nailing those difficult parts you wrote and aren't easy to play due to your skills right now, getting rid of the mental boundaries that make you prisoner of your current guitar playing skills, so you can expand them, write more interesting music and thus, appeal a bigger public is really what this book is about, and I highly recommend once you read it, you actually keep this mentality while going through it.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Anthony

    4.5 / 5 This one is interesting. Firstly it was the first book I read on my eBook reader so I read it kind of slow. Initially, I was bored because the first part was essentially a testimonial to the effectiveness of the process. It seemed quite long, overly repetetive and not that convincing. As a young guy, I didn't know any of the successful people mentioned as vigorous practitioners of Psycho-Cybernetics. Then I reminded myself the original book was actually written almost 60 years ago. Anywa 4.5 / 5 This one is interesting. Firstly it was the first book I read on my eBook reader so I read it kind of slow. Initially, I was bored because the first part was essentially a testimonial to the effectiveness of the process. It seemed quite long, overly repetetive and not that convincing. As a young guy, I didn't know any of the successful people mentioned as vigorous practitioners of Psycho-Cybernetics. Then I reminded myself the original book was actually written almost 60 years ago. Anyway, when I give it a second read (and I definitely will) I'll skip that part. After that is the actual Psycho-Cybernetics, the meat, the heart, the soul of the book and it's amazing! I was astonished by the profound and accurate understanding of the human condition Dr. Maltz had. I totally thought of giving it solid 5 stars and adding to my top-10 list. Well...at least up to the first half of the book. Then there was this chapter that..I guess 'triggered' me. Maybe it was because I took it very personally which I don't attempt to deny. But they were some statements that I found exceptionally generalized, which also left me with a lot of questions and potential arguments against them. And that, unfortunately, changed the way I looked at the second half of the book. I was a bit more critical both consciously and unconsciously. There were a few chapters after that I thought weren't very well constructed. The explanation was left for the end which left me thinking 'what the hell I'm reading' the whole chapter. Overall though, it got better after that. Another thing that bothered me slightly was the frequent mention of God and general inclusion of religion. Not that I have any problem with personal beliefs. I'm just wary of people who put science and mysticism in the same context. That being said I think this is a must-read! It's better than some of the other 4-stars I've read and rated but not quite as polished as the 5-stars, so I guess that makes it 4.5/5.

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