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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
Aug 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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
Nov 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Reading it through a second time. Love the era it was written in! A plastic surgeon who found out more about people than a psychiatrist ever could! Great self image booster
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.
Khloud 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
Nafiz Elgun
Dec 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The best self book on mindset EVER!

This book was recommended by a millionaire mentor of mine. This book has already started to help me immensely turn my brain and thoughts into an asset instead of it being a battlefield of negative thoughts and having the self image of myself as being unworthy and not believing in myself.

I remember reading reviews for this book only 2 months ago and trying to convince myself not to take the plunge despite all of the people saying this book changed their life.

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
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?
Sanjay Gautam
May 22, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This one is no bullshit self help. It is, plain and simple, deeply illuminating; even life changing!
I had many 'aha' moments, which is rare for these kinds of books. This is a book from 60s; and the author was working as a plastic surgeon then. In a nutshell the motto of the book is: do not simply add years to life, but add more life to the years!
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. ...more
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
Joseph Dress
Jun 22, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: audible, self-help
Oh, the pain. This was so difficult to get through. I usually enjoy a self-help book at least mildly where I get "something" out of it, even if it is an insight into what "some" people find helpful. But, this! Ugh. There might be a few tasty bits but the narrator was not professional at all. It was so obvious he was reading and he droned to the point of exasperating me at times.
The material is also directed at straight, christian males. Even though there are a couple of disclaimers that this can
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
May 04, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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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
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
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
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
Apr 15, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
fucking finally finished it. anyways. interesting concepts are discussed in this book but unless you really, truly need to deal with a whole laundry list of personal issues, just read the book summary. it probably has fewer references to how we're all children of God, which I assume would be pretty tedious to read for non-believers. ...more
Ramalakshmi shanmugavel
Feb 08, 2021 rated it it was amazing
We all have slant view about self help genre which gives highest motivation to do this and that, often we felt struck to question what it really do impact on us sooner or later?!change of beliefs about oneself or about environment or to the root of where it begins? Mostly we choose certain ideas/culture to follow which defines our personality, nevertheless we find difficulties when we ask questions as right or wrong(good or bad) to make decision which affects self-image. Even so those all experi ...more
Sha Ranney
Jun 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is my favorite self-improvement book, bar none. I actually hate calling it a self-improvement book because it's so profound. This book covers a ton of area with depth and hidden gems of advice scattered throughout. The main idea "Psycho-cybernetics" is that we must learn to manipulate our subconscious to believe what we want to become. And our subconscious is very hackable; we can eliminate our negative self-chatter, wire our brains to believe certain self image(s), deal with social anxiety ...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
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. ...more
Łukasz Pomi
Jun 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This and "How to win friends and influence people" should be in the top 3 on everyone's list. This is a bit like "The secret". Psycho Cybernetics however goes so much more in depth. It enables You to heal from old scars as well.

Highly recommended read.
May 10, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nf-self-help
What a strange blend of practical, sports psychology-type tips and absolute nonsense. If he could have left out the absolute nonsense, it could have been a good book.
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.
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