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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
Jul 10, 2013 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 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 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
[holding back a rating until I finish the 21 day period of practical exercises]

For those who are curious here are the Practical Exercises

[1] Read chapter 2 three times per week or until memorised (effectively understand the Cybernetics part of Pyscho-Cybernetics. p.30

[2] Spend 30 minutes a day visualising yourself being successful and acting and reacting appropriately. p.51

[3] Spend 30 minutes a day relaxing to the following mental images:
a). Imagining oneself having extremely heavy limbs as
Kholoud Fathi
Sep 13, 2016 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
Jul 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: best-book-ever
Enough to say that I created the shelf called best-book-ever for this book.
Andy Holligan
Mar 04, 2015 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?
Mar 03, 2016 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
Aug 21, 2011 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
Hassan Alsheikh
Jun 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book is the Bible of all self development school's out there. Has to be read at least once a year. For as long as FOREVER.
May 04, 2011 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 a h
Joseph Hellion
The premise is that there exists an internal blueprint, a self-image, that lays at the foundation of thoughts, behavior, and feeling. This said self-image can be changed, the book maintains, by creative imagination and goal-oriented action. The message and techniques are simple enough and might be more or less useful. I am well aware that a practical book shouldn't be judged by its theoretical underpinnings, but by how certain actions are more or less likely to produce the advertised effect, whi ...more
Sharon Delarose
Aug 17, 2010 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
Oct 13, 2016 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
Jan 28, 2009 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.
Nov 20, 2015 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
Feb 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Full Review: Psycho-Cybernetics Review

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, P
Jan 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is a good old-school self help book. I kind of like getting back to that mid century, positive thinking vibe once in a while. There’s something valuable about that mindset that we shouldn’t forget.
Joe Barnes
Oct 10, 2016 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
Brian Johnson
“Creative striving for a goal that is important to you as a result of your own deep felt needs, aspirations and talents (and not the symbols which the ‘Joneses’ expect you to display) brings happiness as well as success because you will be functioning as you were meant to function. Man is by nature a goal-striving being. And because man is ‘built that way’ he is not happy unless he is functioning the way he was made to function—as a goal-striver. Thus true success and true happiness not only go ...more
May 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a very meaningful book when I read it as a youth. About 3 years ago I went through our library and found that we had three copies of this book. (Since it was a childhood favorite, I had collected some extra copies.) I handed a couple of copies to my wife and children and asked them if it was any good. Now three years later, I still don't have a report back, So: It's time for me to reread it to see how well it stands the test of time.

The result: It passes. I was surprised how many tim
Jan 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was probably the first self-help book I ever read--way back before I had ever heard there was such a thing as "self-help" books. I simply remember being impressed with how powerful my mind was in determining what my life would be like. It had a big effect on me.

Marjan Nikoloski
Apr 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
“Self-improvement is the name of the game, and your primary objective is to strengthen yourself, not to destroy an opponent.”
Dec 15, 2011 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
Daniel 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
Cheza Maye
Jul 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
While some people pointed out how I was metaphorically comparable to a baby elephant who only had three legs, but the only difference was that I was eager to surrender in this competitive and cruel life, and that three legged elephant didn't. I listened to their excruciatingly painful words of which I must commend, because they did actually make me doubt of my own potentialities in a field I was genuinely interested in. Chewing their words while on the dinner table, I looked down to my plate to ...more
Apr 09, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: psychology
It's hard for me to take this book seriously. It started with the admonition to not rationally assess the book. Then the book mentioned an article in "Cosmopolitan" as if Cosmo was a reputed source. Then the book took forever to get to the content. There is at least some bad psychology here. I forget the reason why "Make it Stick" attributes a golfer's mental practice to improvement but it was something more to the tune of mental practice than an improvement in self image. I think there is some ...more
Cassandra Kay Silva
Sep 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Despite what some other reviewers have written I don't think this book is boring. Actually at first I thought it was going to go down the same logic as something like the secret but then I quickly realized that it wasn't like that at all. It was more about how your attitude and your neural pathways influenced the outcome of situations and how you can gain better control of that with interactions. Which was pretty fun to delve into even if I didn't agree with all of his points. Worth looking into ...more
John Hibbs
Nothing unique here. Actually somewhat boring. I only got through about 1/3 before I quit in boredome.
Jess Wilson
Mar 11, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: stopped-reading
I got through the 4 chapters and couldn't go on. Basically, all I read was that psycho-cybernetics works for golfers but never understood what it actually is.
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