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

Prof Steve Peters
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5 Jan 2012

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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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Vermilion (5 Jan 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 009193558X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0091935580
  • Product Dimensions: 13.6 x 2.8 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (465 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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480 of 500 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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44 of 46 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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5.0 out of 5 stars I'm a fan - and so is my chimp 22 Aug 2012
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I'd like to add my support to the army of fans (or perhaps troop, in the language of the programme) who have warmly welcomed this book. I am myself a psychologist who has worked with sportspeople and I have to confess to being a sceptic when it comes to self-help books. Too many promise the impossible, are based on wacky premises or simply state the obvious. This book falls into none of these categories. Although it's always a fine line and no programme will work for everyone, I am deeply impressed by Dr Peters's approach: the chimp is really a metaphor - one of many in the book - but it is such an engaging one that it proves irresistable (the deliberately simple illustrations help too - there's something about the chimp surrounded by exclamation marks that completely drew me in!) - and the underlying science of it is very sound.

To communicate science well is a gift - to be able to turn it into something from which all can benefit (and despite the publicity Dr Peters has received through his work with Team GB, especially in cycling, this is a book for everyone - not just those involved in sport) is very rare indeed, and I think this book pulls it off splendidly. Some may say that it feels simplistic to them, but that is the beauty of it: to take what we know about the workings of the brain and about human behaviour and turn it into an easy-to-understand programme from which anyone can draw benefit. Easy to understand, yes, but the book makes it clear that it requires work and practice - it's not a magic wand.

I am certain that may people will be helped by reading this book and following its recommendations, in particular as a way of reducing personal stress, managing relationships and increasing happiness...things many would say you can't put a price on. It has helped some very prominent Olympians and I believe it can help anyone.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A really good read
A really good read and it's clear how Steve has helped some of the uk's most successful sportsmen and women reach their goal.
Published 1 day ago by Rich
4.0 out of 5 stars a helpful tool
I find this book very helpful when identifying certain behaviour I have observed in myself and others. Read more
Published 3 days ago by Kathiea
5.0 out of 5 stars Life's What You Make It!
Groundbreaking simplicity at its finest! Sometimes in life there is a moment where we are astonished at the fact we had not realised that life is only as complicated as you wish to... Read more
Published 3 days ago by Simone Cleeve
5.0 out of 5 stars based on feedback its awesome
haven't actually read much yet but so far i am very impressed with its lay out... and as 5 people i know have read it, must be good :)
Published 4 days ago by Frazer barnett
5.0 out of 5 stars Warning, you will find yourself detecting the chimp all around and...
This book was introduced to me by a friend and I was consequently attracted by its many positive reviews and the comments which they generated. Read more
Published 4 days ago by paul mcandrew
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth a read
Good read helps to put things into perspective. You can see people's chimps out in action on a daily basis
Published 6 days ago by Orville
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth reading!
Interesting view of how your mind works which makes you stop & think. Rattled through 1st half of book before the 2nd half goes into more detail which is a slightly harder read. Read more
Published 7 days ago by MBNA
5.0 out of 5 stars The best book I have ever read!
The best book I have ever read! What more do I need to say. Everyone should read this book to improve their lives.
Published 8 days ago by Mr James Callaghan
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book
A really useful read with easy to understand teaching and advice - thank you Prof Peters for writing this book it has come into my possession when I needed it most!
Published 11 days ago by awrigo
4.0 out of 5 stars The Chimp Paradox
Initially the ideas in this book are a little strange. I had to really force myself to continue reading, but it was worth it in the end. Read more
Published 12 days ago by DWL
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