Self-help and psychology books are very definitely on trend right now. In a modern world where stress is ridiculously prevalent, everyone seems to be turning to intellectuals and scientists who have written books and articles on everything from mindfulness, to Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), to goal setting and motivation.
One of the most critically acclaimed of such books is The Chimp Paradox by the well-renowned writer and psychologist Professor Steve Peters. In an attempt to make complicated psychological theories accessible to the masses, Peters uses a variety of analogies and anecdotes to explain the interactions between thoughts, emotions and behaviours…
Two Different Minds
What is Our Chimp?
Harnessing Our Inner Chimp
Each chapter in the book gives us a different strategy to help us “harness our inner chimp” . By analysing the triggers for certain types of reaction to a scenario, Peters explains how to become the master of your own mind and gain concious control back of mindless behaviour.
For example, if you are prone to reaching for the biscuit tin once too often, you could become more aware of how rational the desire to have another biscuit is, and whether it is your “computer” or “chimp” doing the talking. Identifying these negative thought patterns helps you to develop discipline and self-control that will help you to stop doing things that hold you back.
I won’t ruin the fun by spoiling the strategies outlined in the book. I guess you’ll just have to read it yourselves…
The Final Word
The Chimp Paradox is a cracking read for anyone looking to gain control back of their lives.
Where most self-help books rely on dubious studies or dodgy personal opinion, Peters’ best-seller is rooted in proven psychological theory that makes it impossible to disagree with. This explains why it has been critically acclaimed as one of the best books of its kind.
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Available to buy at Amazon : https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B006K26BEQ/ref=dp-kindle-redirect?_encoding=UTF8&btkr=1