- Paperback: 368 pages
- Publisher: Vermilion (5 Jan. 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 009193558X
- ISBN-13: 978-0091935580
- Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 2.7 x 21.6 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (1,767 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 26 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Chimp Paradox: The Mind Management Programme to Help You Achieve Success, Confidence and Happiness Paperback – 5 Jan 2012
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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)
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.See all Product Description
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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.Read more ›
Peters' credentials, his work with British Cycling, are flawless. The language used is clearly designed to be understood by the vast majority of people. The concepts are, however, hardcore science and very powerful. Watch out for self-help junkies commenting negatively - if they can quote a string of other books they deem better then clearly nothing so far is working for them. This book will work for most people willing to listen and implement the lessons.
Take your time. If you're going to change your life you won't do it by reading a book in 24 hours. It will take months, maybe a year or two. Understand each idea totally before moving to the next. Each idea on its own is relatively easy to grasp but there are loads of them and stitching them all together in a useful way takes time and patience.
I found some of the metaphors confusing at times. Humans and chimps fine. Then add computers, gremlins, goblins, autopilots and it's starting to get mixed up. And then add stones of life, planets, moons, and at one point cogs, and you wonder if there may have been a more consistent method of presenting the ideas. Don't make the mistake of dismissing the messages because you don't like how they are delivered though. See through the metaphorical irritations.
At the start of the book I had a highly paid but stressful job 200 miles from home, living out of a suitcase 4 days a week. Irritable, irritated, and irritating to others. Today, as I finish it, I've changed jobs, pay cut but still comfortably paid, a short commute from home. Changed the car, and have gone on holiday for the first time in 2 years.Read more ›
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..Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
There's nothing special about this overhyped book. All the usual stuff and nothing new to add to the world of self-help books already out there.Published 1 day ago by Amazon Customer
after reading Ronnie O'Sullivan's review i thought i would give it a go.
I can honestly say that for all the books i have read this actually had an instant, effortless effect... Read more
Just another self help book that states the obvious most of the timePublished 3 days ago by Lynn Stewart
A fabulous book and one which really helps you get to grips with who you are and who you can be. Peters has a great way of explaining and makes this easy to follow and understandPublished 3 days ago by Miss R L Day`
Brilliant book at putting the complex issue of mind management in an easy to understand & interesting format. Read morePublished 4 days ago by Amazon Customer
I'd heard a lot about Steve Peters and his Sports Psychology, but was really inspired to read his book after seeing him speak at a conference. Read morePublished 4 days ago by Handy
This is one of those books that more than once had me thinking "if everyone read it the world read it then that world would be a better place. Read morePublished 5 days ago by Mr. James S. Grundy