Psycho-Cybernetics – Sounds Crazy
Psycho-Cybernetics…Where to start. This book is just totally awesome. After a couple of chapters I found myself saying ‘this is the best book I’ve ever read’. It’s true, quite a lot of books do get me excited when I get into them, but this one was particularly special.
I found myself writing a lot of notes right at the start of the book. It has very exciting ideas with apparent and practical revelations.
Today we will be talking about the very largely read:
Psycho-Cybernetics book by Maxwell Maltz – Click Here to Get Your Copy
I really hope you enjoy this post as there are some real golden nuggets in here.
Summary & Recommendation
Psycho-Cybernetics is all about the following quote:
The building of an adequate self image is something you should continue throughout a lifetime
It is full of excellent practical acts to build the best self image one can. It has a lot of amazing and inspirational stories and, as someone that is slightly obsessed with self improvement, I can say that it massively delivers on that idea.
Chapter after chapter is a golden gem with such excellent advice and mental activities that can help anyone improve themselves.
As I mentioned above, it might very well be the best book I’ve ever read. There are so many examples and stories of the amazing implications of thinking positively and ignoring all negative thoughts and things. It is something I will frequently read.
Now, I know you must be eager for me to stop my meanderings and get into the juicy bits of brain work. Enjoy all the hidden gems below.
- Our own self image has a lot less to do with our looks than we realise. We could be beautiful but internally believe we are ugly.
- A large breakthrough of Psycho-Cybernetics is about synthesising experiences in the laboratory of the mind. One can be more confident and successful in what they do, as they have already done it and succeeded in their mind. The nervous system can’t tell the difference between real and synthesised experiences.
- Reading a book and acquiring information is passive. Experience helps one grow. One should always do a books activities. Write down the bits that speak to you. Use imagination and memory to experience during or after reading.
- It stresses the importance of having a self – something that I very strongly believe in. Psycho-Cybernetics makes a reference to a wonderful T.F.James quote from Cosmopolitan Magazine:
Understanding the psychology of the self can mean the difference between success and failure, love and hate, bitterness and happiness. The discovery of the real self can rescue a crumbling marriage, recreate a faltering career, transform victims of “personality failure.” On another plane, discovering your real self means the difference between freedom and the compulsions of conformity.
- So many of the topics are very similar to my belief of self. We can only act the way our ‘self’ reacts. E.g. a failure type self will always find circumstances to confirm failure.
Mini wins create big successes – one of my favourite quotes. We need to give ourself as many mini wins as possible to not only feel better, but train our brain to more easily be able to do the small and large tasks.
Not to sound too science fiction, Psycho-Cybernetics has an extremely fun way of looking at how the brain acts. It discusses how the brain is a machine that could technically be replicated one day.
Random Quote Moment:
‘A human being always acts, feels and performs in accordance with what he imagines to be true about himself and his environment’
Spend half an hour a day imagining yourself sat in a plain room watching a motion picture of the self you want to be/know you are/could be. Pay attention to all the small details: the feel of the chair, the volume of the screen. This will immensely help towards achieving that imagined self that you want to be.
Physical relaxation allows mental relaxation and de-hypnotises us from negative attitudes and reaction patterns. The author recommends using mental pictures to relax. Create a mental picture of something beautiful of a time you felt most relaxed. Sat on a beach, staring up at the stars or being mesmorised by a Justin Bieber concert. We’re all unique.
Psycho-Cybernetics compelled me, and pretty much asked me, to create thought exercises of exact scenarios that I want. Either to create good experiences that are as fruitful as real ones OR to visualise an end goal with positive emotions to easily achieve it.
We never do the actions, we merely decide fully to do the actions and our mechanical mind does the rest.
The book strongly recommends a process to creativity: define what you want to create. Gather all the facts. Spend quite a bit of time wanting it and thinking about it. Then do something completely different and let your subconscious do the work. Don’t try and do any of the work in your forebrain. Take a nap, shave, have a conversation about something different with a friend etc.
5 rules to assist your creative machinery:
1. Research and worry about a decision before making it. Then forget about it after making it. E.g. Don’t worry about a roulette wheel after the wheel starts spinning. Works in personal situations too. If you decide to do something, fully commit and don’t worry (e.g. Dentist or social event).
2. Create the habit of consciously responding to the present moment.
3. Try to do only thing at time.
4. Sleep on it.
5. Relax while you work.
Smell. Listen. Look. Create a habit to be in the moment.
A practical note for life: relax whilst doing any task and let your sub conscious do the work. Your brain should merely be issuing the command and relaxing.
Negatives should be glanced at but positives should be focused on. Just like driving a car. A great metaphor of what to focus on to succeed.
Forgive by forgetting and realising that a grudge should never have been held: the only way to truly forgive and be peaceful.
Regret is useless as it is an attempt to do the impossible: change the past.
Using verbs to describe negative situations is a lot more beneficial and doesn’t lead to low self esteem. For example, one should say ‘I failed to do this ‘ instead of ‘I’m a failure’. Once again proving the importance of the words we habitually use to influence our lives in a positive way.
Mentally visualise how to do something before doing it to form an unconscious habit that takes over whilst actually doing it. For example, mentally swing the golf club many times before actually taking a shot and you will be more relaxed when you actually take the shot. Not doing this can result in you overthinking and letting your brain get in the way of your subconscious – something we have all experienced before!
It his a lot of the same concepts as Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill. Click here now to get this incredible book. One prime example is the idea of: know something as absolutely true and it will become true.
There is a secret power of imagination that is rarely used by individuals. Practising scenarios in ones mind is guaranteed to have positive effects and assist in ways that one can only imagine.
Develop a nostalgia for the future. Great advice to stay excited about life. Being excited and having goals to work towards keeps people young. Concentrate on the exciting things in the future. Have goals that get you super excited and know you’ll achieve them – Also, don’t forget to enjoy the journey on the way!
You are in control of your thoughts and can choose what to think about at any second. That means if you catch yourself thinking some worrying or negative, (as I was when I thought to write this note!), you can put an instant stop to it and decide to be in the moment, think about a great memory or get excited about the future. We have more power than we realise to change our own happiness.
Psycho-Cybernetics = Life Changing
Seriously, it really works! I was feeling quite upset about a personal situation whilst having lunch with a friend, decided fully and immediately that I wanted to be happy, and I was. Don’t ever underestimate your own control.
Thanks again for joining me for these outcries of self improvement. These books really do influence my life in such awesomely positive ways and I hope the hidden gems shine tiny lights of inspiration for you too.
Go work that brain and create a life that you adore,