Psycho-Cybernetics, A New Way to Get More Living Out of Life
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Psycho-Cybernetics, A New Way to Get More Living Out of Life

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Positive wisdom and helpful insights on how to be a successful person

Happiness and success are habits. So are failure and misery. But negative habits can be changed--and Psycho-Cybernetics shows you how!

This is your personal audio guide to the amazing power of Psycho-Cybernetics--a program based on one of the world s classic self-help books, a multimillion-copy bestseller
Mass Market Paperback, 288 pages
Published August 15th 1989 by Pocket (first published 1960)
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Reagan Ramsey
This is a keeper. I can’t believe I never came across this before--he basically thought of everything I have thought before I did. The book is about how to cultivate a more productive mind; that your mental attitude is related to your success in a lot of ways. And I thought his insights were really practical.
Here are a few:
--About your success, “you must not wait to act until you have proof —you must act as if it’s already there and it will come through”
--Do everything you can to prepare, and t...more
Loy Machedo
Loy Machedo’s Book Review – Psycho-Cybernetics, A New Way to Get More Living Out of Life by Maxwell Maltz

Tell me this.
What were you doing in the year 1975?
Or better say, what were you doing in the year 1960?
Sounds too early?

Well then, would you believe that the author of this book died in the year 1975?
Or would it be more shocking to know that the book carries the copyright date of 1960?

May be that is why the 1st impression of the book is pretty bad. In fact, I would say it is downright pathetic...more
Wiranto Partosudirdjo
Ini adalah salah satu buku yang merubah hidup saya. Buku ini diterbitkan pada tahun 1960 dan saya membaca perama kali dalam bentuk resensi buku di harian Kompas pada tahun 1969, hanya membaca resensinya saja telah bisa merubah hidup saya yang pada saat itu masih hidup susah sebagai pegawai negeri sambil nyambi kuliah. Terlalu banyak kesulitan, kesedihan dan keluh kesah yang dirasakan pada saat itu.

Buku ini mengajarkan tehnik self-improvment yang menurut saya sangat "simple" dan masuk akal yaitu...more
This is like the mitochondrial Eve of self-help books; the core ideas of every other (non-spiritual) self-help book have been hiding in here since 1960. (Now I'm sure many of the ideas are even older than this, but it's like they all converged in this one book to save us the trouble of having to hunt them down from older books.)

There are a few inevitable anachronisms that have seeped in over the last half-century, but once I just let that slide I found this to be a really solid book of advice f...more
Janet Wilcox
Probably the most impactful book I've ever read. I read the 1960 edition, but it has been updated several times; however the underlying premise still holds true: "A human being always acts and feels and performs in accordance with what he imagines to be true about himself and his enviroment." Our nervous system reacts appropriately to what we think or imagine to be true. If we can change the vision of ourselves, others, and our environment, we can rise to success, and become better people.
I hav...more
Great book for investigating ways to train your mind to be more positive and confident. I found it especially useful after my Great Depression (worse than the one in the late 20's early 30's!). It's a very practical read but in no way boring if you're interested in improving your focus, mental acuity, and overall mental outlook on life.
Daniel G.
Maxwell Maltz's magnum opus guides you in applying rational thinking to achieve your goals and develop an accurate and healthy self-image.

Maltz believes that success will be automatic, if you use your brain properly. Inside your head is an automatic success mechanism that seeks to achieve goals. Your role in the process is to use the conscious mind to choose what goals you set and then you get out of the way and let your automatic success mechanism do its thing.

This book and it's updated version...more
Sharon Delarose
Everything is possible if you believe... the power of the mind is incredible. Amaze yourself. We are capable of so much more than we are taught to believe. If only they taught this in school. This is what we should be teaching our kids. Psychocybernetics doesn't teach you what to think, but HOW to think in such a way that your entire life will be transformed. Improve yourself in any area, sports, your job, your love life, simply by readjusting your approach to the world. Maxwell Maltz exposes th...more
Over the years many recovery/psychology trends and fads have come and gone. Pyscho-Cybernetics, in spite of its strange name that initially turned me off, has stood the test of time, and in fact has given birth to a thriving self-help movement that draws upon Mr. Maltz's theories of visualization and forgiveness.

Mr. Maltz, a plastic surgeon, came to believe that inner scars - many of us have them - affect people has much as ugly, external ones. He then describes how we all have to power to remov...more
Leonidas Kaplan
How do you improve your self-image to enable a better life?

How do you de-hypnotize yourself from false beliefs?

Do you want to become a rational thinker to avoid stress?

How do you consistently generate creative ideas?

How do people become success junkies?


Psycho-Cybernetics by Dr. Maxwell Waltz is a 1960′s classic that has been quoted many times by the ‘Jesus’ of self-development, Tony Robbins.

Having nothing to do with robots, or the future, Psycho-cybernetics, is about using your...more
This is the last self-help book I am going to read. As far as self help books go, it was okay. It provides rational explanations as to why certain things work and why are the best behavioral option. It contains just about all of the things contained in other books published later. It's a nice scientific perspective from a plastic surgeon.
John Hibbs
Nothing unique here. Actually somewhat boring. I only got through about 1/3 before I quit in boredome.
Definitely one of those books you need to read and re-read throughout your life!
Christine Theberge Rafal
This book was published in 1960, and the wordings are a little dated, as well as the unselfconscious, but judiciously limited, references to God, but the ideas are very similar to current "motivational" works and topics like the Law of Attraction as well as Bruce Lipton's Biology of Belief and Candace Pert's work on Molecules of Emotion or Your Body is Your Subconscious Mind. Maltz works from deep experience and observations of his own but also quotes works from the 19th century (like ideas of W...more
I finally read this book after hearing about it so many times.

Given when the book was written, I did find some parts quite difficult to follow, but that doesn't stop it being a classic with an important message.
The fact that this book talks about visualisation, in your own mind on a TV screen, something that was clearly adopted into NLP.

The author recognises that people are different, some perform better under pressure, some perform better with no pressure. To find out what kind of person you ar...more
This book talks about how the mind works according to how you train it to think. For instance if you have a low self-image then you train your subconscious to make you a failure. But if you strive in your conscious mind to change your thinking your subconscious will follow suit.
It was written by a plastic surgeon who noticed that some of his patients, in spite of their surgery, failed to get more out of life because they still continued to feel ugly. There were also examples of people who were...more
totally mind changing book...packed with alot of big ideas

one of the most mind blowing ideas.. is that we are all Self-Hypnotized & we need to De-Hypnotize oneself

Quote: “It is no exaggeration to say that every human being is hypnotized to some extent, either by ideas he has uncritically accepted from others, or ideas he has repeated to himself or convinced himself are true. These negative ideas have exactly the same effect upon our behavior as the negative ideas implanted into the mind of...more
Paul Liburd
This is one of those books that will change the way you think about yourself forever. It is easy to read but yet profound beyond measure. I read this book a few years ago and my self-esteem which was very low at that time, changed to one of high self-worth. The result was that my circle of friends expanded simply because I now had the confidence to step out of my reclusive comfort zone and risk being vulnerable. I have never looked back. I am now the person I had wished to become but never thoug...more
Richard B
This is one of the best self help books. The key to it is that desire is often based on what you imagine and dwell on in your mind. If you dwell on successful actions and positive actions the desire will propel you along and over time those actions will develop into new habits. Thinking about the negative aspects of responsibilities will only force you to use willpower to achieve goals but if positive details are dwelled upon in the mind until the desire takes over then willpower isn't needed.

John Broussard
This book provides a great metaphor for the mechanics of our minds in achieving goals, still relevant though written in 1960.

Dr. Maltz compares the human mind to a servomechanism, which is constantly using error feedback to correct course to pursuing a goal. A goal is always present and the servomechanism is always seeking it, whether or not we set the goal and whether or not it is a goal that is beneficial or destructive.

In order to achieve goals, then, Dr. Maltz illustrates how to set the goa...more
Spencer F.
This is one of the most significant books I have read in my life. It is informative and inspirational and it reinforces my belief in God and in His love for mankind. Maxwell's writings also help me to know what I can do to "get more living out of life". I recommend it to all.
A good take on lots of the usual ideas about attaining self-fulfilment and satisfaction which have probably existed since people started thinking about these things. The original 1960 edition can be found online as a free pdf. His exploration of visualisation is particularly instructive and motivating compared with similar pop psychology/self-help books, I thought.
I found this book very useful, good for changing the way you think and how you react to situations. It shows its age in places, but the underlying message remains powerful and important.
Puro Richard
My rating is based on my experience (opinion); not what I believe to be fact:

Too technical to read. I need something simpler, more plain, and readable.
Melody Brooke
Another classic that anyone developing awareness of their own power and ability to influence the outcome of their life MUST read. It is not as esoteric as the title sounds, its easy to read and mind blowing.
Jan 25, 2008 Glen rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
This is a great self help book that I recommend to anyone. The main emphasis is on the power our subconcious minds have over our mood and behavior. It trains you how to target these subconcious mental processes that are no longer of any use to you, thereby reprogramming them to stay on course and be true to your goals in life. It also covers the relationship between left and right brain processes and introduced me to several exercises to tap into the creative potential of the right brain, such a...more
Vivek Rajan Vivek
Neuro-Linguistic Programming is based on this book. When Maxwell Maltz was doing his research he happened to say something which made his secretary's migraine disappear. He was embedding certain specific words into the sentences he spoke and said those words with a little more effort (albeit cleverly disguised) which did the magic.

The book is well worth the time and since then many have gone on to enhance and perfect the techniques taught by Maxwell Maltz.

Highly recommended for one and all.

Zurab Muravyev
Most influential and important book I've ever read as of this point in time
Pulkit Gupta
Among the best book which changed my way of thinking
Gulzira Mykhayeva
Horoshaya kniga, nastraivaushaya na uspeh, udachu, positivnoe myshlenie i polozhitelnom resultate pri zhelanii poverit v eto;)
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“It is no exaggeration to say that every human being is hypnotized to some extent either by ideas he has uncritically accepted from others or ideas he has repeated to himself or convinced himself are true. These negative ideas have exactly the same effect upon our behavior as the negative ideas implanted into the mind of a hypnotized subject by a professional hypnotist.” 12 likes
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