The Chimp Paradox: The Acclaimed Mind Management Programme to Help You Achieve Success, Confidence and Happiness (Paperback)
  • The Chimp Paradox: The Acclaimed Mind Management Programme to Help You Achieve Success, Confidence and Happiness (Paperback)

The Chimp Paradox: The Acclaimed Mind Management Programme to Help You Achieve Success, Confidence and Happiness (Paperback)

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According to psychiatrist Dr. Steve Peters, who works with everyone from elite sporting competitors to hospital patients, and is himself an M60 athletics champion in sprinting, happiness and quality of life should be life goals for us all. He wants people to nurture their emotional health, because it’s this that lays the foundation for achieving those life goals. Over a long career in medicine, the early part of which he spent working with patients with serious personality disorders, Peters has developed his simple ‘Chimp model’ as a way for anyone to manage their mind and behaviour. This highlights three systems that, despite our uniqueness, we all possess: Chimp, Human, Computer. Our inner ‘Chimp’ describes the part of our brain that makes snap judgements and thinks in black and white. It runs on emotions and ‘gut instincts’ and needs careful management. The ‘Human’ part, though rational and evaluative, works five times slower than the Chimp. Last is our ‘Computer’, storing memories and therefore our automatic, learned responses. It’s hard to break the way we react when our Computer is 20 times faster than our Human and four times faster than our Chimp, yet Peters teaches his readers how. The back of his book asks: “Do you sabotage your own happiness and success?” Over 500,000 people have related to this question, and in buying the book, are looking to answer it.

Publisher: Ebury Publishing
ISBN: 9780091935580

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