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

Steve Peters
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Do you sabotage your own happiness and success? Are you struggling to make sense of yourself? Do your emotions sometimes dictate your life?



The Chimp Paradox is an incredibly powerful mind management model that can help you become a happy, confident, healthier and more successful person. Prof Steve Peters explains the struggle that takes place within your mind and then shows how to apply this understanding to every area of your life so you can:



- Recognise how your mind is working


- Understand and manage your emotions and thoughts


- Manage yourself and become the person you would like to be



The Chimp Mind Management Model is based on scientific facts and principles, which have been simplified into a workable model for easy use. It will help you to develop yourself and give you the skills, for example, to remove anxiety, have confidence and choose your emotions. The book will do this by giving you an understanding of the way in which your mind works and how you can manage it. It will also help you to identify what is holding you back or preventing you from having a happier and more successful life.



Each chapter explains different aspects of how you function and highlights key facts for you to understand. There are also exercises for you to work with. By undertaking these exercises you will see immediate improvements in your daily living and, over time, you will develop emotional skills and practical habits that will help you to become the person that you want to be, and live the life that you want to live.



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"He is the best. I’ve played my most consistent form for Liverpool and England since seeing Steve." (Steven Gerrard Steven Gerrard)

"The mind programme that helped me win my Olympic Golds" (Sir Chris Hoy)

"Steve Peters is the most important person in my career" (Victoria Pendleton, World and Olympic Cycling Champion)

"Steve's been excellent. He is a specialist in what he does and a genius in that field, and is such an understanding guy." (Brendan Rodgers)

"Absolutely fascinating, the book is fantastic ... I'm obsessed with this book" (Chris Evans, Radio Two)

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The number 1 bestseller by Prof Steve Peters, consultant psychiatrist to Liverpool FC, Sky ProCycling, Ronnie O'Sullivan and the England football team. This powerful book introduces the unique Chimp Model that Prof Peters uses with his clients to help them manage their minds and reach their full potential.

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276 of 288 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This book will change your life if you let it 14 Dec. 2013
By Andrew D Wright TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
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 builds a complementary psychological model that explains how each part contributes to our 'in-mind' experience each and everyday.

The model is made of the following components;

There's our inner Chimp, the emotional part of our brain, designed by evolution to support our survival, it's thinking is characterised by feelings and paranoia, it works on impressions and interpretations, not facts and responds up to fives times faster than our rational brain.

There's our Human mind, which is rational, weighs up evidence and reaches careful and deliberate conclusions using cognition. It is where our highest values of humanity reside, it is where we can strategically plan our actions and think through the consequences of events and arrive at balanced and considered conclusions. It works five times slower than the Chimp.

And then there's the Computer, a bank of a remembered experiences full of automatic habits and responses, some good, some bad, the place where both our Human and our Chimp look for association and similar experiences when processing what's happening to us. The Computer works twenty times faster than our Human and four times faster than the Chimp.
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778 of 816 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Book 9 Jan. 2012
Format:Paperback
this book is fantastic... i have been a profesional sportsman for 20n years winning 3 world titles..4 uk champs..4 masters titles plus many more titles... my journey has not always been the the best in terms of how i have felt about it.. many times vowing to retire.. it has been that hard.. in this time i have worked with many people to try and help me through the journey... and in my opionion nothing has come close to how this book explains things.. this book really helps you make the descions for yourself.. it gives you he tools to deal with all things life can throw at you.. it has enabled me to to see the wood through the trees.. it has helped me see that i was not going mad.. i just was not able to understand how my mind the machine works..i now am able to play snooker and not feel that my self worth depends on winning a game of snooker.. which i have done for years.. yes i still want to win.. but i dont need to define my self through having to win every snooker game i play in..i now feel able to play.. and handle the the negative thoughts which used to make me wanna lose and go home..and tell my self i did not want to compete..i had that mind set for years..
the book has also helped me make good choices in making time for the people who really matter in life.. this is called the troop.. and how much better life has got since getting the right people back in my life..tjhis has made i massive difference to my life.. it is ongoing.. and needs you to put the work in.. it wont just happen.. you need to make it happen.. the book really does offer simple but effective ways on how to really improve your life..i have red many self help books.. and worked with many people the field of self help.. and nothing comes close to to this model.. anyone can get something out of reading the book..
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82 of 89 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Infinite monkeys 11 Sept. 2012
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Honestly, I had to decide between 5 stars and 2.5 for this book.

In the end, I gave it 5 stars, because the basic premise of the book, the idea that we have a 'chimp' who cannot change or be changed, but who we need to manage, has been so liberating to me.

I have a tendency to be anxious and am always very hard on myself. I work in a teaching environment, so I expect that I should be able to learn from past mistakes and shouldn't (for example) get anxious over trivialities. Yet, despite learning CBT techniques, I still find myself getting anxious about whether I have done well enough at work or what other people think of me (although I hide it well and come across as very confident). This has given me even more reason to beat myself up and so the cycle continued.

Now when I get anxious, I simply see it as my chimp playing up. It is something I cannot stop, but I can try and foresee and manage. My life hasn't turned around, but it has radically improved just by this one type of mental imagery.

I also appreciated the emphasis on values and how these define us as humans, which allowed me to get perspective on some issues.

This book should not be read as a psychology text book or as a guide to the workings of the brain. It is a suggested mindset to help deal with life, for those who find they struggle (and that's most of us sometimes). As I see it, the chimp represents evolutionary drives, the 'human' is the essences of me/you or conscious selves.

OK - now for the bad bit. The structure of the book does not make sense. There is a computer and an autopilot, there are goblins and gremlins, there are various planets and moons and in amongst them all friends, success, stress and communication. It's all just too confusing and muddled.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best book to aid you through a life changing event!
A very common sense approach to life, this book can change the way you think....if you let it. Brilliant wish I read it at 20!
Published 1 day ago by kaz
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting
Some interesting concepts here, worth a read
Published 1 day ago by Dan.A
5.0 out of 5 stars An interesting view on the human mind.
A very good read. You'll soon be able to see how this makes a lot of sense and as the book suggests, we do all have a Chimp within us who needs to be kept under control!!
Published 2 days ago by Mr. S. Lindley
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing
Statements such as Humans by their nature will establish society rules "based on equality and opportunity" halted my reading of this book. Really? Read more
Published 3 days ago by christine1850
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Published 3 days ago by miss penelope j lamb
4.0 out of 5 stars Better than the rest
Good book, with a sound premise and some reasonable tips on how to achieve the goal (which is essentially to tame your inner chimp, the irrational part of you that would otherwise... Read more
Published 4 days ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Paradoxically both simple and profound.
This is an enjoyable, quick and easy read. There's a lot of common sense here, and also a great deal of solid, well-founded, evidence-based psychology. Read more
Published 4 days ago by D1HAJ
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Brilliant read!
Published 4 days ago by Janyis
5.0 out of 5 stars I'm better all round for reading this book
This book was recommended to me by an instructor whilst I was on a management course - to say that it's changed my life would be an over exaggeration, but it has really helped me... Read more
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