The Chimp Paradox: The Acclaimed Mind Management Programme to Help You Achieve Success, Confidence and Happiness (Unabridged)
by Prof Steve Peters
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Do you sometimes behave irrationally or impulsively? Do you face some situations with fear and trepidation? Do feelings of self-doubt consume everyday activities? Leading consultant psychiatrist Steve Peters knows more than anyone how impulsive behaviour or nagging self-doubt can impact negatively on our professional and personal lives. In this, his first book, Steve shares his phenomenally successful mind-management programme that has been used to help elite athletes and senior managers alike to conquer their fears and operate with greater control, focus and confidence. Seemingly complex concepts are made simple with the use of memorable analogies - such as the 'chimp', that seemingly irrational and impulsive being that inhabits our minds - and real-life case studies. Never before will you have had such a deep and clear understanding of your own behaviour and natural responses to certain people or situations. This knowledge, combined with simple techniques that can be easily incorporated into daily life, will help you to control your emotional impulses and reach your full potential, leading to success at work and a happier, harmonious home life.
Tried so hard
I really really tried with this as an audiobook as I could see where the author was going and he actually made some genuinely insightful points that made me think.
The condescending tone however had me feeling like I was a five year old. It would have been perfectly acceptable to talk about the limbic brain without having to resort to calling it my chimp. Grown adults can be talked to as such.
As I said I tried and tried but it left me wanting to reach for my car door handle and eject rather than continue for another chapter.
Could Dr Peters write one for grown ups?
I have to say that I couldn't disagree more with the review below, Steve has to make it clear for us simple folk to understand...
I'm 300 minutes into this audio book and already it has helped me with a number of situations where previously I would reacted in a different way. For example, for my job I have to fly quite regularly and whilst I'm an ok flier at the first sign of turbulence I normally break into a cold sweat and start clutching tightly to the arm rests. Last week I flew 4 times (first time since starting the book) and encountered varying degrees of turbulence, but not at any stage did it bother me or did I fear for my safety.. At one point I looked over and saw a guy clutching the arm rests and thought that used to be me a month ago.
This is a great book, slow going at times and I sometimes have to rewind to make sure understand a point, but everyone should give it a go as it will definitely change parts of your life.
Great book, great insight even better on audio book