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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
Dec 04, 2013 Reagan Ramsey rated it it was amazing
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
Janet Wilcox
Aug 23, 2009 Janet Wilcox rated it it was amazing
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
Loy Machedo
Nov 28, 2012 Loy Machedo rated it it was amazing
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
Aug 09, 2015 Roya rated it it was amazing
Shelves: best-book-ever
Enough to say that I created the shelf called best-book-ever for this book.
Wiranto Partosudirdjo
Mar 22, 2009 Wiranto Partosudirdjo rated it it was amazing
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
Aug 21, 2011 Snorkledorf rated it it was amazing
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
Leonidas Kaplan
Mar 12, 2015 Leonidas Kaplan rated it it was amazing
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
Jan 28, 2009 Kevin rated it really liked it
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.
Oct 13, 2016 Bragadeesh rated it it was amazing
I was contemplating on reading this book because the title sounded a bit 'psycho-ish'. This was recommended by John Sonmez on the top 10 books every programmer should read. This and other series of books he recommended had nothing to do with programming.

Written by Dr.Maxwell Maltz, a plastic surgeon who during his illustrious career uncovered a lot of psychological reasons behind why one would opt for a surgery and the science behind our perception of our own self - our self-image. He explains w
Kholoud Fathi
Sep 19, 2016 Kholoud Fathi rated it liked it
Although I've read several self-help and development books and am a fan of these kinds of books I didn't really believe that they could help me , i only considered them as an insight and a different perspective of life and towards the problems we face, but this has definitely changed with this book
In psycho- cybernetics as its name implies, it guides you through a journey of exploring how does the human mind perceive the environment and it is psychological makeup .

The thing that really impresse
Dec 15, 2011 Randy rated it it was amazing
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
Aug 31, 2012 Ghada rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
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
Daniel G. Taylor
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
Sharon Delarose
Jun 16, 2011 Sharon Delarose rated it it was amazing
Shelves: self-help
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
Andy Holligan
Mar 22, 2015 Andy Holligan rated it it was amazing
This was one of the best books (and most helpful) I have ever read in my life. It has been a life changer for me. I strongly recommend this book to anyone struggling with a poor self image or lacking confidence. This book will change your life. I can only thank the author so much for writing it and sharing! Why dont they teach some of this in schools? I dont know?
Aug 20, 2016 Masha rated it it was amazing
Before reading this book, I thought to myself 'what is this book with this fancy name?'-->psycho-cybernetics. Well now I can be proud to say that I finally know what it is and I'm looking forward to how it will continue to change my life for the better. Great read!!
John Hibbs
Nothing unique here. Actually somewhat boring. I only got through about 1/3 before I quit in boredome.
Virgilyo Souza
Jan 18, 2013 Virgilyo Souza rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone.
Shelves: psychology
Extraordinary book. Everyone should read it.
Sep 14, 2012 Tricia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Definitely one of those books you need to read and re-read throughout your life!
Aug 11, 2016 Franta rated it it was amazing
Some notes from Psycho-Cybernetics divided by chapters.

TLDR: “You will act like the sort of person you conceive yourself to be.”






- Do your worrying before you place your bet, not after the wheel starts turning.
- F
Christine Theberge Rafal
Nov 06, 2010 Christine Theberge Rafal rated it really liked it
Shelves: health
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
May 18, 2016 Synthia rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to Synthia by: Sheldon Johnson
Excellent book that my dad claims changed his life. Its what helped him to become the highly successful leader and businessman that he became.

This book seems like the precursor to the now popular "mindfulness" as well as to modern knowledge about myelin wrapping and how 10,000 hours makes a pro. (such as written in the books The Talent Code and Mindset) Even though Maxwell Maltz didn't use those terms, he has the same basic idea. Plus he adds more ideas as well as excellent practical steps to t
Aug 17, 2013 Paul rated it it was amazing
I read this book years ago, but only just realized I didn't have it listed in Goodreads. But this book had such a profound influence on me, that I still refer to it all these years later. It is one of the most inspiring books I've ever read, one-upping almost all other postive-mental-attitude concepts out there.
Jun 27, 2012 LS rated it liked it
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.
Bill Donhiser
A classic written by a plastic surgeon. Well worth reading a good example of attitude determining outcome
Dec 01, 2015 ilham.mukhtar rated it really liked it
Finishing it on the eve of my birthday. Great threadbare advises that would turn your life in different life. Must-reads.
Aboo Farouk
Dec 30, 2014 Aboo Farouk rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Changed my life.
Feb 21, 2016 Jtrodz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Chapter 1

Your Self-Image And How It Affects You

Psycho-Cybernetics: Your Mind And Its Automatic Guidance System

1. It is our self-image that prescribes our limits. And achieving a positive self-image--the life instinct, rather than the destructive instinct--is within the capability of every man, woman, and child.

2. Maltz determined that the human brain and nervous system function as a kind of servomechanism, a goal-seeking device like those used to guide airplanes on automatic pilot. This is why
Joe Barnes
Oct 10, 2016 Joe Barnes rated it really liked it
The first half of the book blew me away. I thought I was reading the greatest self-book of all time. A brilliant (and from personal experience, very effective) concept, fascinating examples (including tales from the authors previous career as a plastic surgeon) and a very interesting explanation of the power of hypnosis. Sadly, the brilliant insights start to tale off about halfway through and we're left with a lot of common sense chapters that didn't really need to be written. The book picks up ...more
Josip Brecak
Jan 29, 2015 Josip Brecak rated it it was amazing
Many people live their day to day lives similar to the others. Becoming compliant and stagnant because of many reasons. Such as their self-esteem, lack on confidence, or just a lack of motivation. They have to dreams and aspirations and wish to become the person they want to become. But they’re inhibited. Can’t move because of false beliefs.

Well…. I have the solution to getting more out of life and more out of yourself. Well not exactly me, but this book! It's a must read for anyone who wants to
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“Your nervous system cannot tell the difference between an imagined experience and a ‘real’ experience.” 38 likes
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