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Psycho-Cybernetics

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Written by: Maxwell Maltz
Narrated by: Matt Furey
Length: 12 hrs and 16 mins
Categories: Self-Help, Motivational
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Cybernetics (loosely translated from the Greek): "a helmsman who steers his ship to port". Psycho-cybernetics is a term coined by Dr. Maxwell Maltz that 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 best seller 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 audience.

"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 failure to achieve) any goal. And he developed techniques for improving and managing self-image - visualization, mental rehearsal, relaxation - that have informed and inspired countless motivational gurus, sports psychologists, and self-help practitioners for more than 50 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.

©2015 Maxwell Maltz (P)2017 Penguin Audio

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A makeover for self image!

This books gives me hope and actionable ideas to transform my self image which has been weak from a very young age.

Listening made me feel more powerful, helped me become aware of what I was focusing on, and guided me in changing my mental patterns to ones of success and positivity. I finished and wanted to listen again immediately to dig deeper.

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this is the best self help book

For me, this has been the best self help book I've read thus far. it's one of those books u could read 10 times and still find helpful information. #AUDIBLE1

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Simply Life changing

I have just started to apply some of the subjects Dr. Maltz speaks about and I can feel my mind firing in new ways, I have become more observant of my actions, when anxious, or nervous, I am looking forward to starting my new life of positive self imagery. HIGHLY recommended for absolutely anyone. I never write reviews and this is my first one, which is saying a lot about this program. PURCHASE, ITS WORTH IT!

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Too much pseudoscience

First off, there is good material mixed throughout the first half of this book.
That said, as a beginner skeptic, I felt like I spent most of my listening trying to parse the insightful ideas from the quackery.

Psi, esp, positive thinking, etc...
This book may have helped lots of people back in the day, but there must be something more evidence based for this century.

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A manual for your brain.

I cannot understand why this isn't required reading for every human on earth.

You know how they say there isn't a manual for the brain? Yes, yes there is and it's right here.

An absolutely astonishing level of depth explanation and advise on thinking properly in order to structure and live out a life of abundance and success.

I have bought this for many friends. I have bookmarked almost every single sentence.

BUY it. READ it. SHARE it.

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What an awesome book!

This is a must read, and since it's so actual despite having been written more than 50 years ago, it's has to be a classic.
I'm ready to listen to it all over and I just finish.
There is great insight on how our perspective and opinions on ourselves and others makes or breaks us.
I learned a great deal on forgiveness. I think I finally understood what this means.
For so long, I was searching on the meaning of forgiveness and how it is done without the moralistic ideas we always here.
This book greatly contributes to my peace and serenity.
I'm very grateful !

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Great one

like it a lot. Plenty of insides. require a lot of focus and work but def worth reading , studing and implementing.

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this book is a literal gamer changer. READ IT!

This book is a literal gamer changer. READ IT! and then read it again! do it.

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Looking for the first book you need to read?

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if you are interested in self help, start with this foundation book. just like the author says, once you have stared reading this book you will always remember where you are and what you were doing because the concepts and principal hit you hard. do you struggle with confidence? do you want to get what you want in life stop searching seriously. the book cover and name in not sexy but this is the most underated book of all time i have read this book 7 times

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It's a okay book

Not really interesting, basically taking about how important your self image is, and how you can use your self image to improve your self

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  • 2017-08-29

A Must Read!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Listen to this book at 1.25 speed for his normal speaking voice.

This book is incredibly fascinating. Humans are easily programmed but most of us in the civilized world were being bombarded from birth and became programmed by many external forces. Television time slots are literally called "programming"

How funny is that? Imagine having a civilization full of robots and you design the way they think.

The thoughts and techniques in this book will give you an actionable game plan to program yourself

I would also recommend looking into mindfulness meditation. Headspace.com is a good start. You gain the ability to observe your thoughts instead of identifying with them. You can only "know" this feeling if you have experiential evidence so go try it for yourself. It will help you separate the oil & the water of your personality.

Look to the people you admire the most on the planet, the pieces of their personality are your reference material. Wishing you a full and beautiful life.

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  • 2017-06-16

Best life improving book I have ever read

I read a lot of books (one a week) and this one is the absolute best book on how to actually improve your life that I have ever read. Far too often books are not able to live up to the claims they make but this one far outperforms in every way. Get this book, after you have read it you will be amazed at the very small price you paid for it, and probably be willing to have paid far more for the value you get out of it.

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  • 2018-08-02

Use 1.25x as speed

The narrator is very slow talking. But at a higher speed it is perfectly fine.

The content is great and the sound quality is good.

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  • jaye
  • 2017-10-16

Become the person you dreamed of!

You will never out performed the image of yourself that you hold. If you want to become better picture a better image. This book will help you discover how to do that .

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  • Michael Beavers
  • 2017-09-07

I thought I had read the most useful books already

This book is addictive and yet another one for the library of knowledge I will be passing along to all my children when they are old enough to understand the material. I have been on a personal growth journey for 5 years, and this finding has been one of the best. The material not only echoes and explains further the information I have gathered to this point, it has added to the storehouse of knowledge. It's a lengthy find, but I couldn't put it down and am somewhat sad to see the end.

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  • Matthew Sullivan
  • 2018-07-15

Life changing content, unfortunate packaging

This book will absolutely revolutionize your life for the better if you apply what it teaches. I love personal development books and this is definitely one of my favorites. A potential drawback is the way it’s written at times feels like its for a more academic audience rather than a feel good self esteem book. I love it but the style can be difficult for some to follow. Unfortunately the reader does very little to bring it to life, and they seem to have slowed down his voice by about 25%. Luckily there’s an option through the Audible app to speed it up. Fantastic material that deserves to be a little better executed in my opinion.

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  • 2017-09-23

The mother of everything self help

I'm not one to write reviews but psycho-cybernetics is such a good book that it deserves to be reviewed. The vast majority of self help books that post date psycho-cybernetics take the main principals from it. If you are considering getting this book you have to go for it I promise you will not regret it.

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  • 2018-03-21

Great concepts

Parts drug on a little bit, however it was a great book overall. the points made by the book are excellent for anyone who wants to improve their life and performance.

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  • Chris
  • 2017-09-20

Life in it's truest form.

Since the first 3 chapters, this book changed the way I saw the world and the way I correlated it to my life; it changed my life, it changed me. It's something that can hardly be fully described with words, but I was able to find a side of me and of my life that I never even thought it existed; I found myself. It's as if someone came and told me, "this has been your life, this has been you, but, breaking news, it doesn't have to be that way."
This is a book that you read or listen, but which you LIVE and EXPERIENCE.
Having Matt Furey narrate it himself adds strong emotion and a profound, personal connection to the material that will reosund with any human being willing to learn how to live and function the way we're supposed to.

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  • Aurelian Cotuna
  • 2019-03-21

Good self help book. A must read

I was excited about the book when I heard about it and I was not disappointed.
It is rare that you come across a book that can make you think and reflect on your life, past experiences and to put you in a self analysing mode. For me, this book did just that.

I recommend it to everyone who's interested in improving their self image and how they are seeing themselves.

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