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

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

Steve Peters
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"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)

"If you want to know, in general terms, about the psychological techniques that Bradley Wiggins used in the Tour de France that helped him win, you can find out through this book, The Chimp Paradox by Dr Steve Peters" (Richard Bacon, Radio Five Live)

"For anyone guilty of sabotaging their own happiness, these wise words and insights could be just what you need." (The Sun)

"Steve and his book can take a leadership team where ego, insecurity and emotion dominate, and turn them into a harmonious group where the team is truly more than the sum of its parts. Anyone running a leadership team will tell you that this is, literally, priceless. My team has shifted from being a talented group of individuals, largely doing their own thing, to a group that can challenge each other on really difficult issues, with the best outcome in mind. Gold dust." (Sue Garrard)

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Personal development book by Prof Steve Peters, the British Cycling team's resident psychiatrist, in which he shares his phenomenal mind management programme for the first time.

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611 of 639 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Book 9 Jan 2012
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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133 of 141 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
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 fifteen times faster than the Chimp.
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30 of 33 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars review 19 May 2014
By Andy
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I have lived with social anxiety for over 20 years. Anyone who has it will know it is a debilitating condition that causes a great deal of emotional distress. After reading this book I realised that I had never before quite recognised the emotional high jacking that was going on within me that this book explains. After years of trying to find solutions in self help books I had become down and disillusioned. I should say though I don't feel cured and I still have moments when I struggle, but I feel I have had more progress since reading this book in 2 months than I have had in many years. It is a great relief to feel like ive not been going mad all these years. I am now starting to understand myself and am not worrying that im defective in some way. I have had false dawns before so am hesitant to go to far, but this could well be the book I have been searching for. There may be many other people out there in a similar situation to me, I hope they read it to.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Essential reading for all stressheads 30 Jun 2014
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Apparently we are all schizophrenic's with the mind of a rational human being and an emotional chimpanzee. Dr Peters offers sound advice on keeping the chimp in check and takes us on a journey of self discovery that helps with confidence, organisation and dealing with stress.
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100 of 117 people found the following review helpful
What an amazing book! Steve Peters uses his years of experience as a teacher and mentor to put accross the science of the workings of the mind in a way that is simple, enjoyable and enlightening to read. To get the most of this book please! please! please! keep a notebook with you while reading it and do the exercises. There is so much to learn from this book that I'm sure reading it at different stages and times of your life will reveal different truths and offer continual guidance, it's a real life changer. Take action, buy the book, it's a must read. To quote Tim Robbins (Andy Dufresne) in the classic film the Shawshank Redemption "I guess it comes down to a simple choice, really. Get busy living or get busy dying" :-)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very interesting view
Published 10 hours ago by Julia Garner
5.0 out of 5 stars A real self-improvement book!
Professor Peters' psychological and mind model is genius. This is a book that is practical and reassuring; I can improve!
Published 10 hours ago by Christine Bellairs
2.0 out of 5 stars A disappointment given high expectations
I was really disappointed by this. Perhaps it was the curse of high expectations, but I felt the style of the book was overly patronising and I was annoyed by the many symbols and... Read more
Published 23 hours ago by Alex Quigley
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great read even for someone with a passing interest
Published 1 day ago by lyn
5.0 out of 5 stars Helpful book for those wanting to make changes in their lives
Currently reading this very helpful book. Really makes you look at your own and other people's behaviour and also suggests ways of rectifying the way you behave and interact with... Read more
Published 1 day ago by Elizabeth McCarthy-Young
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant book well worth a read!!!
A much clearer insight and understanding of "the mind management".

Well written 10/10
Published 2 days ago by Marie Howlett
2.0 out of 5 stars Somewhat patronising and enlightening in equal measure. Basically...
Somewhat patronising and enlightening in equal measure. Basically could be summed up as saying 'Don't be a twat, look on the bright side and count to ten.'
Published 2 days ago by jj
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
best book I've bought! just wish I read it when it first come out...thank you Dr Steve Peters..
Published 2 days ago by tarik rkik
5.0 out of 5 stars You need to read it!
This is easy to read and helps to explain the dilemmas we all face. It has made a difference to my understanding of my own behaviour"
Published 2 days ago by Dot
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Thank you
Published 3 days ago by Sheila Driver
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The golden rule is that whenever have you feelings, thoughts or behaviours that you do not want or welcome, then you are being hijacked by your Chimp. &quote;
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Remember that Chimps like to go on how they feel to decide on future actions, whereas Humans tend to go on what needs to be done and also how they will feel at the end of the day when they look back on how they used their time. These are two very different approaches. &quote;
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Managing your impulsive, emotional Chimp as an adult will be one of the biggest factors determining how successful you are in life. &quote;
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