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The Chimp Paradox: The Acclaimed Mind Management Programme to Help You Achieve Success, Confidence and Happiness

3.99  ·  Rating Details  ·  2,272 Ratings  ·  187 Reviews
Leading consultant psychiatrist Steve Peters knows more than anyone how impulsive behaviour or nagging self-doubt can impact negatively on our professional and personal lives. In this, his first book, Steve shares his phenomenally successful mind-management programme that has been used to help elite athletes and senior managers alike to conquer their fears and operate with ...more
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Published January 5th 2012 by Vermilion (first published January 1st 2012)
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Bernard O'Leary
Mar 03, 2014 Bernard O'Leary rated it did not like it
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
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Caroline Thomsen
Dec 01, 2012 Caroline Thomsen rated it liked it
"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
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Cintia
Nov 12, 2012 Cintia rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
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
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Melanie
Oct 26, 2012 Melanie rated it really liked it
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
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Ugnė
Jan 15, 2016 Ugnė rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: psichologija, jav
Perskaičiau ir sužinojau, kad visą paniką mano galvoje kelia beždžionė ir visas beždžionės sukeltas problemas sprendžia žmogus. Teoriškai nieko naujo, praktiškai patiko vaizdingas požiūris į neuromokslus ir kognityvinę psichoterapiją.
Leeann
Apr 04, 2013 Leeann rated it it was amazing
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.
Gary Heilbronn
Jun 07, 2014 Gary Heilbronn rated it really liked it
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
Will Once
May 03, 2014 Will Once rated it really liked it
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
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Julia Doherty
Jun 29, 2014 Julia Doherty rated it really liked it
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
F.R.
Jan 10, 2014 F.R. rated it liked it
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
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Andrea James
Jan 10, 2014 Andrea James rated it really liked it
Shelves: decision-making
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
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Mark
May 17, 2013 Mark rated it it was amazing
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
Conor
Jan 11, 2016 Conor rated it it was ok
Shelves: performance
Having had this book recommended to me by multiple people, I went in with high expectations. Even taking this into consideration, I found myself underwhelmed. The science behind it seemed basic, the writing style was pretty painful, and I was not impressed with the applicable lessons.

To summarise the premise: Peters proposes the model that the average person's actions are a result of the struggle between the Chimp and the Human portions of the brain, representing base and considered actions resp
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Peter Kobryn
Sep 13, 2015 Peter Kobryn rated it really liked it
Shelves: development
Normally I shy away from the kind of books that could be described as self help but I must say I found this book helpful at a time I was under particular stress at work.

The book has a pseudo-scientific air about it but also sets an early tone of informal descriptions encouraging the reader to think about their mind as being constituted of very different power bases, the slow and logical computer and the quick and emotional chimp.

Whether this has any firm grounding I really do not know but during
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Islam
Jun 16, 2015 Islam rated it liked it
This books uses a seemingly simple model for the human brain, the author then uses this model to pass on his advices on "mind management".

Some people might mind the aparently simple and sometimes comic model that the auther uses, I don't, I actually think it makes it that much easier to understand, no need for some accurate brain anatomy or psychology mambo-jambo, afterall, for the purposes of this book (mind management that is) the simpler the model, the better.

The book kicks off with a well es
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Andreww
Dec 14, 2013 Andreww rated it it was amazing
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
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Martin Rusev
Dec 11, 2014 Martin Rusev rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014
Before buying this book I spend a lot of time reading through the reviews and most of them sounded really enthusiastic about it. It is #1 Best seller on Amazon in the Job hunting category. How bad could it be :)

The main theme in the book is obviously the Chimp which we all have inside and it tries to teach us how to control it. From my own perspective the whole book sounds naive, definitely looks like it is targeting younger audience - it has illustrations and the tone is somewhere between an ad
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Lee
Sep 19, 2014 Lee rated it it was amazing
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
Simon Paddon
Jan 30, 2014 Simon Paddon rated it it was ok
I always think the purpose of a good metaphor is to make things simpler to understand and digest.

Unfortuntely, this misses that point.

The whole basic premiss of the chimp and the human and the computer are good; but it is over egged massively, with gremlins, planets, moons, and lots more layers which makes the whole thing utterly confusing.

I really wanted to believe this book, and use the information (I am a big Team Sky fan, who credits these principles to part of their success). And I think Dr
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Saumil
Jun 30, 2014 Saumil rated it really liked it
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
Mathew
May 09, 2014 Mathew rated it really liked it
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
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Jane Christian
Sep 30, 2012 Jane Christian rated it really liked it
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
Robert Butler
Jun 16, 2015 Robert Butler rated it it was amazing
I heard Professor Steve Peters speak at the ASCL conference about his work and his book. As well as being a very entertaining speaker his ideas seemed to make sense, essentially a model for how your brain works and how to learn to work with the primitive aspects to the brain.

I’ll confess I didn’t read the book in the traditional sense but I listened to the book, read by Prof Peters himself (courtesy of my Audible subscription). I find non-fiction books hard to read and thought an audio book woul
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Imibroccoli
Aug 02, 2014 Imibroccoli rated it liked it


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
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Brian Canavan
Sep 01, 2014 Brian Canavan rated it it was amazing  ·  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.
Alan Fricker
Dec 30, 2012 Alan Fricker rated it liked it
Shelves: library
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.

Shaz
Aug 10, 2015 Shaz rated it really liked it
I’m quite cynical about self-help books that fall under the life-changing category. But having heard good things about The Chimp Paradox, I decided to read this book with an open mind.

Dr Steve Peters has developed a mind management model called Chimp Management. In his book, he explains a simplified version of the human brain. The psychological mind has three separate brains: Human, Chimp and Computer. The Chimp uses emotional thinking whereas the Human uses logical thinking. The aim of this boo
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David
Jul 23, 2014 David rated it did not like it
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
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Logi
Sep 26, 2014 Logi rated it liked it
Good book for people who haven't got much knowledge about the basics of psychology but sounds a bit silly for those with more insight into it.

Can at times sound like a lot of pseudo-intellectual gibberish due to the authors attempt at simplifying things.
Ian
Mar 13, 2013 Ian rated it liked it
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'.
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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.” 2 likes
“Summary key points The Psychological Mind is made up of three separate brains: Human, Chimp and Computer. You are the Human. Your Chimp is an emotional thinking machine. Your Computer is a storage area and automatic functioning machine. Any one of them can take complete control but usually they work together.” 1 likes
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