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

3.99  ·  Rating details ·  7,039 ratings  ·  438 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
Paperback, 346 pages
Published January 5th 2012 by Vermilion (first published January 1st 2012)
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Bernard O'Leary
Feb 24, 2014 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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Will Once
May 03, 2014 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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Cintia
Nov 12, 2012 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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Andrea James
Jan 08, 2014 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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Melanie
Oct 26, 2012 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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Leeann
Apr 04, 2013 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.
Ugnė
Jan 12, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: jav, psichologija
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.
Gary Heilbronn
May 15, 2014 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
Andreww
Oct 03, 2013 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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Conor
Apr 22, 2014 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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charlotte
on a scale of one to ten how patronised do you feel?

steve bloody peters
F.R.
Jan 03, 2014 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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Mark
Dec 23, 2012 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
Mathew
Apr 05, 2014 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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Daniel
Jan 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
"Brenda, shut the fuck up"
Tilly
Jul 20, 2018 rated it it was ok
I've heard such great things about this book. I thought it would be revolutionary. But I found it repetitive and not as helpful as other books.
Ting Tong
Jul 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
If there is one thing our education system is missing it’s the focus on personal development and the control of our emotions in a society which places emphasis and value on logicality. Everyone in some way would benefit from reading this book. Whether you like the model or not the Chimp Paradox is based on empirical cognitive neuroscience and, when you really think about it, just makes sense; if nothing else it allows an often neglected avenue for introspection. Peters does an excellent job at m ...more
Julia Doherty
Jun 29, 2014 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
Peter Kobryn
Sep 13, 2015 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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Martin Rusev
Oct 30, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014, psychology
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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Dean
Jan 19, 2017 rated it did not like it
Someone at work recommended this to me. They will be making their own tea and coffee in future.

I got to the end of disc 2 before my inner Chimp tried to make me drive me off the road in a vain attempt to end it all. Luckily he failed but once I got home he did make me repeatedly stick a sharp stick in my eye, which to be fair, was more fun than listening to the author babbling on.

Ian
Feb 22, 2013 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'.
Maria
May 21, 2018 rated it liked it
A poor man's 'Thinking Fast and Slow'
George Timms
Jan 15, 2019 rated it liked it
The main concepts of this book are great, and I think there are some helpful tips and approaches to take away.

As a book, my main issue was that it didn’t flow very well in my opinion, which meant I felt I couldn’t read it for very long without having to put down for a bit.

Some example scenarios really resonated with me, and I don’t expect to relate to all examples but, I found there were some that weren’t particularly powerful, especially when compared to analogies in similar books.

I would reco
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Nashfi
Jan 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Must read!
Alexia Richard
May 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Funny
YHC
Jul 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book is surprisingly good and easy to understand the monkey inside of us. It uses non-psychological terms to make us understand what we all have inside of us. Very interesting and useful step by step method to help you get the points!!

--在我们的模式下,这三个心理大脑—额叶、脑边缘系统和顶叶—分别指代“人”、“黑猩猩”和“计算机”。为了方便起见,我们会用“顶叶”代替大脑很多部分,这样就会让我们的图示更清晰明了。尽管这三个“大脑”尝试着共同运转,但是它们经常发生冲突而且互相争着获得控制权,结果经常是“黑猩猩”(脑边缘系统)最终获胜。

---关于“黑猩猩”的介绍
当你还在子宫里的时候,两个不同的“大脑”,即额叶(“人”)和脑边缘系统(“黑猩猩”)就独立发育起来,然后它们通过形成联系互相“认识”对方。但问题是,它们在很多方面都不能协调一致。这两个“大脑”
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Lynsay Tervit
Aug 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
Finally finished!! Great book, plenty of interesting ideas to think about. Will keep hold of this as I'm sure I'll revisit it in the future!
Elena Grineva
Aug 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Great book to help you understand yourself from scientific point of you but in simple terms. The Chimp terminology helped me identified my weaknesses and started working on them. I really like most of the techniques suggested by the author, especially one about making commitment.
Ellie Patten
Aug 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
I'm usually a slow reader when it comes to non-fiction. Having finished this in a little over a week, this book was an exception.

The book addresses a surprising range of topics, including controlling unwanted emotions, effective communication, and self-esteem. Some of these topics are given more attention than others, and most of the book focuses on how to manage your "chimp", the emotional part of the brain, which can sometimes act in unwanted ways, and even, according to Dr Peters, cause you t
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Prof Steve Peters is a consultant psychiatrist and has worked in the clinical field of psychiatry for over 20 years. He specialises in optimising the functioning of the mind and also holds degrees in mathematics and medicine. Prof Peters is Undergraduate Dean at Sheffield University Medical School and resident psychiatrist with Sky ProCycling. He is also the consultant psychiatrist for Liverpool F ...more
“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.” 5 likes
“When you decide to do something, remind yourself that it is commitment not motivation that matters.” 4 likes
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