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Psycho-Cybernetics Summary – Maxwell Maltz

Arthur Worsley
by Arthur Worsley
M.A. Psychology, Oxford. McKinsey Alum. Founder & Editor at TAoL.
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Psycho-Cybernetics (1960)
A New Way to Get More Living Out of Life
by Maxwell Maltz
Psycho-Cybernetics defined the concept of self-image and inspired a generation of books on the power of identifying and breaking limited beliefs – by cosmetic surgeon and best selling author, Maxwell Maltz. (288 pages)

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Psycho-Cybernetics Summary

This publisher’s blurb is taken from the 2017 updated and expanded edition of Psycho-Cybernetics.

Cybernetics (loosely translated from the Greek): “a helmsman who steers his ship to port.” Psycho-Cybernetics is a term coined by Dr. Maxwell Maltz, which means, “steering your mind to a productive, useful goal so you can reach the greatest port in the world, peace of mind.”

Since its first publication in 1960, Maltz’s landmark bestseller has inspired and enhanced the lives of more than 30 million readers. In this updated edition, with a new introduction and editorial commentary by Matt Furey, president of the Psycho-Cybernetics Foundation, the original text has been annotated and amplified to make Maltz’s message even more relevant for the contemporary reader.

“Before the mind can work efficiently, we must develop our perception of the outcomes we expect to reach. Maxwell Maltz calls this Psycho-Cybernetics; when the mind has a defined target it can focus and direct and refocus and redirect until it reaches its intended goal.” — Tony Robbins (from Unlimited Power)

Maltz was the first researcher and author to explain how the self-image (a term he popularized) has complete control over an individual’s ability to achieve (or fail to achieve) any goal. And he developed techniques for improving and managing self-image—visualization, mental rehearsal, relaxation—which have informed and inspired countless motivational gurus, sports psychologists, and self-help practitioners for more than fifty years.

The teachings of Psycho-Cybernetics are timeless because they are based on solid science and provide a prescription for thinking and acting that lead to quantifiable results.

Psycho-Cybernetics Contents

Psycho-Cybernetics has 15 main chapters…

  1. The Self-Image: Your Key to a Better Life
  2. Discovering the Success Mechanism Within You
  3. Imagination: The First Key to Your Success Mechanism
  4. Dehypnotize Yourself from False Beliefs
  5. How to Utilize the Power of Rational Thinking
  6. Relax and Let Your Success Mechanism Work for You
  7. You Can Acquire the Habit of Happiness
  8. Ingredients of the “Success-Type” Personality and How to Acquire Them
  9. The Failure Mechanism: How to Make It Work for You Instead of Against You
  10. How to Remove Emotional Scars, or How to Give Yourself an Emotional Face-Lift
  11. How to Unlock Your Real Personality
  12. Do-It-Yourself Tranquilizers That Bring Peace of Mind
  13. How to Turn a Crisis into a Creative Opportunity
  14. How to Get That Winning Feeling
  15. More Years of Life and More Life in Your Years

Take a moment to really read through these chapter headings to get a good overview of the structure of the book.

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The Power of Positive Thinking reminds us that we don’t need a PhD in Human Relations to live our best lives if we can learn a few tricks to change how we think - by minister and best-selling author Norman Vincent Peale.
Published 1952 // 128 pages // Rated 4.1 over 96,300 reviews on Goodreads
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5. How to Stop Worrying and Start Living - Dale Carnegie (FREE Summary)
How to Stop Worrying and Start Living is a practical, common-sense bible filled with stories, case studies and simple step-by-step guides to conquering worry, anxiety and depression - by self development guru, Dale Carnegie.
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