Chimp Paradox: How Our Impulses and Emotions Can Determine Success and Happiness and How We Can Control Them
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Chimp Paradox: How Our Impulses and Emotions Can Determine Success and Happiness and How We Can Control Them

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Paperback, 346 pages
Published January 1st 2012 by Vermilion
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Bernard O'Leary
This is a great book for those who have never engaged in any kind of self-appraisal whatsoever, especially if you are also unfamiliar with even the most basic elements of psychology. And I mean really, really basic. In The Chimp Paradox, Steve Peters presents his radical theory that there are two parts to the mind: a rational part and a emotional part. Wow. And that the emotional part sometimes interferes with the decision-making ability of the rational part. Hey, slow down brainiac!

And slow dow...more
Caroline Thomsen
"The chimp paradox".
Liked the title. Liked the book, and I think it can serve a great purpose to a lot of people.
It is a great introduction to the mind and why we act how we act. �

But although I liked the book, I didn't really feel for the way it was written.
I was fine with "the chimp" but then came goblins and gremlins and planets and moons, and for me it became annoying to read.
I feel like the author tried to make it easier to understand by using easy words for explanation, and while that is...more
Cintia
This book is an amazing map to know and understand how we function, how we get programmed by life and the people we get across, but sometimes the programming can work against us by leaving certain "gremlins" or "goblins" or making us act under certain belief systems that simply take us away from the life we want to live.
This is the stuff that should be taught in school, to prepare each of us for the "big bad world" and develop the positive capabilities of dealing with the set backs and hardship...more
Melanie
This book could be described as an instruction manual for the brain.

The author divides the brain into 3 parts – the human brain, the chimp brain and the computer brain.

The book explains, in easy to understand terms, the qualities of each part so that you can begin to notice which part is dominating and how to re-balance.

This book is for anyone who frequently gets “hi-jacked” by their chimp – meaning overtaken by their emotions, or aware of negative self-talk and self-sabotaging thoughts or behav...more
Leeann
Life changing mind management book written by a psychiatrist. Through an easy to follow/remember analogy it explains understand how the mind works. If your moods, eating, anger, fear, anxiety, stress etc are out of control then this will help you to easily recognise the behaviour and take steps to change it. I'd give this ten stars if I could.
F.R.
So, last year I decided to broaden my pallet by reading more science fiction and fantasy books. Frankly I’ve enjoyed it immensely and find my mind broadened by the phenomenal vistas of space. And now, because life is all about growing, this year I seem to be widening my perspective even further by moving onto self-help books.

Actually I can’t see myself reading much more in the way of self-help this year (not that I consider myself perfect, but I’m more of the school that you learn and develop th...more
Mark
An excellent book on analysing our behaviours and how they affect our lives. Based on the usual evolution basis that we come from an animal background and have parts of our brain that are controlled by emotions and we find hard to control. This book explains the details of the different parts of the brain and the way they interact to form and control our emotions. It provides strategies on dealing with situations and how to not react to the 'Chimp' part of our brain but to control the chimp and...more
Gary Heilbronn
Highly recommended. This is not a scientific or academic book so criticisms from professionals in the field may well be a bit misplaced. But to call it just a self-help book with a solid scientific basis would perhaps be to undervalue it. Most importantly, like other readers, I have found that it has changed the way I look at my interactions with other people as well as my own actions and reactions to others. I'd like to think that I'm getting to be a more tolerant and therefore happier person f...more
Andreww
Life-changing is over used hyperbole in the self-help 'new you' book market but that's exactly what this book is. Written in a very simple style it walks us through an intuitive model of how our minds work that's linked to what we know about the physical structure of the brain. If you read it carefully and do the exercises at the back of each chapter it will absolutely change your life.

The genius of the book is that Peters takes complex information about the physical structure of our brain and b...more
Andrea James
Most of the criticisms of the book seem to be that it is overly simplistic. It definitely pares down neuroscience and psychology concepts to a very simplistic model. However, I think be keeping it simple it might achieve its aims of getting people to change their behaviour. So maybe it's debatable whether it is "overly" simplistic or not.

I know a lot of people - I used to be (still sometimes am) one of those people - who would amass a ton of information and because the world is complex and under...more
Lee
I thought this was a fantastic book. Very easy to understand and an invaluable tool. I know a few people who started it then dropped it because they thought it was all too obvious, but I'd encourage those people to give it another go. Gives the reader a really good insight into why we act/think the way we do, what we can do about it, and how to deal with others. Now that I've finished it, I'll keep dipping in to it, and will also use the tools it contains to work out goals for myself. If you've...more
Mathew
Not a very well written book, but the ideas are presented clearly and should have a profound effect on anyone who is looking to quit something or start something.

Dr Peters has a great pedigree but his skill is in reducing complex ideas laid out by academics into simple propositions that anyone can access.

This book will annoy snobs, like me, who think that knowledge like this should be sacred rather than shared.

I would recommend everyone to read it, from teachers to salesmen to scout leaders. Jus...more
Jane Christian
Life changing but disappointing. Understanding how your mind can be hijacked by a screeching emotional chimp is liberating as once you get the hang of it you can choose to be happy no matter, almost, whatever life throws at you. But sorry, just couldn't buy into the whole 'planets' stuff and felt that lt let the book down. An editor should have red lined that imagery and a lot of the padding in the last quarter of the book. But don't let that put you off, it's worth the price just to get control...more
Julia Doherty
This book was a real eye opener for me. Not exactly life changing, but it certainly put my mind on a new track. The idea behind this book is that we all have three brains. A human brain, a computer /data brain and a chimp brain. The chimp brain is very emotional, defensive, territorial has strong desires and often takes over. It’s your chimp brain that keeps you in bed in the morning when you know you should get up, or makes you have that cream cake when you know you shouldn’t! The book deals wi...more
Iain
Dr Steve Peters is currently the guru 'du jour' of the British sporting world. Currently psychologist in residence at Liverpool football club he has glowing testimonies from Victoria Pendleton Chris Hoy and other members of Britain's all conquering cycling squad, not to mention a quite touching Amazon review from Ronnie O'Sullivan. Peters seems to have the magic touch with sportsmen and women, helping them to focus more, overcome defeat and prioritise their goals.
Now he's released his magic form...more
Will Once
This is a Jennifer Lopez of a book - fabulous in many ways but with a big "but".

It's yet another self-help book (groan). Yes, but this one is actually pretty helpful. It is based on some solid science and the author does know what he is talking about.

The main thesis of the book is that our minds are made up of two separate parts - the human and the chimp. The human is rational and intelligent, the chimp is emotional and instinctive. Our problems come when the chimp dominates the human, because...more
Imil


This book offers a basic map to know and understand how we function and how we get programmed in life. The main thesis of the book is that our minds are made up of two separate parts - the human and the chimp. The human is rational and logical; whilst the chimp is emotional and instinctive; Our problems come when the chimp ‘highjacks’ us – overtaken by emotions.

The book is written in a very simple style, explaining how human being functions without going into technical details about physical st...more
Brian Canavan
Sep 01, 2014 Brian Canavan rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to Brian by: Cat Cripps
Simply the best book I have read on how to control one's life through a mindful practice.

Beautifully verbally illustrated with metaphors that make understanding what could be quite complex issues with a mastery that I have seldom seen before or resonated with so much.

If you only ever read one self management self help book make it this one.
Nicholas Bovaird
Everyone should read this, it is the ONLY "Self Help" book that I have ever come across that does more than say "Think Positive" which is a proven fallacy anyway.

We all let our emotions dictate our life to a degree and it isn't always very helpful, but we can do something about it. Please read the book.

My Chimp is called Dmitri.
Alan Fricker
Some interesting and useful ideas about understanding how and why people react in certain ways. I found the language distracting and would have prefered it in plain english. I had to rush through it somewhat as it needs to go back to the library and I could see me borrowi it again to dip into.

David
I'm a big sports fan. I bought this book because of Steve Peters' involvement in some recent great British sporting success, in his role as sports psychologist. I confess I hadn't really appreciated it was a self-help book and thought it would be more of a combination of his approach and how it has been applied.

I've had to stop reading half way through. I found it overly repetitive, didn't like the tone, and it drove me insane to see the word 'chimp' appear in practically every sentence. I unde...more
Ian
Another 'Mind Coach' book, this time from the coach to the British Olympic and Sky Sports cycling teams. Some interesting stuff, summarised as 'Try your best and be ready to deal with anything that is less than your perceived version of perfection'.
Rahul  Adusumilli
Steven Gerrard is supposedly a fan of this psychiatrist, British Olympic cyclists certainly swear by him, he's even going to Brazil with the English football team this summer.

I don't fancy the footballers having a "human or chimp" inner-dialogue while stepping up to take a penalty :P

The gist: Within your brain, there's a human and there's a chimp. You can't change the chimp, you can't fight the chimp, you can only manage the chimp. The chimp by nature is insecure and forever seeking instant gr...more
Leader Summaries
Desde Leader Summaries recomendamos la lectura del libro La paradoja del chimpancé, de Steve Peters.
Las personas interesadas en las siguientes temáticas lo encontrarán práctico y útil: habilidades directivas, crecimiento personal y psicología positiva, analizar y tomar decisiones, reducir las preocupaciones y el estrés.
En el siguiente enlace tienes el resumen del libro La paradoja del chimpancé, El aclamado programa de gestión mental que te ayudará a conseguir el éxito, la confianza y la fel...more
Paul Dicker
If I could have given 6 stars I would have! Excellent, thought provoking and above all highly practical - an instruction manual for the brain. No wonder Olympic champions are raving about this work.
Sophie Atkinson
I have read stacks of management books and this is the best ever. For me it has been a revelation to exercise my chimp rather than ignore it. The technique really works. Please read.

Raluca Popescu
This took a while, but mostly because it's not completely a read-on-the-beach-type book.
It sounds like a self-help book and Peters probably knows it, so he starts by basically saying "this is not a self-help book. Also, you're not crazy, you just have a chimp in your head." Wait, what?
The Chimp in the title is the main metaphor that Peters uses to embody the irrational, instinctive, impulsive part of your brain that apparently prevents the Human from fulfilling goals slightly more advanced than...more
Jon Arnold
Dr Peters has built his reputation on success in the sporting world – the GB cycling team, Ronnie O’Sullevan, Brendan Rodgers’ Liverpool and now the England football team are currently all benefitting from his tutelage, the first three with unarguably successful results. The Chimp Paradox is essentially the general programme he’s introduced them to. There are no great revelations here, but what this book does very well is to present Peters’ ideas in easily comprehensible terms, though the metaph...more
Phil Tall
I hope Dr Peters manages to help England win the World Cup. I suspect just like his book there will be the hope of something new in the mix, but in reality it will be the same old stuff just with a different presentation. The books headline "creator of the groundbreaking mind model" is frankly not correct as a great deal of this I have read before, however the delivery of the information is well packaged. For the record I would be very surprised if England beat Italy, however as in the book " as...more
Saumil
I heard of Dr Peters when he was associated with Liverpool FC last season, and after seeing the team have such a tremendous season whilst players such as Steven Gerrard and others appreciating his work, I got interested in reading his work. And I wasn't disappointed at all, it is a good book which makes you introspect and wonder why you act so crazy sometimes and the different kinds of behaviour you demonstrate sometimes! It has all the answers and explanations. The last part of the book was esp...more
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“If you wake during the night, any thoughts and feelings you might have are from your Chimp and they are often very disturbing, catastrophic and lacking in perspective. In the morning you are likely to regret engaging with these thoughts and feelings because you will see things differently.” 0 likes
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