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Psycho-Cybernetics

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Written by: Maxwell Maltz
Narrated by: Matt Furey
Length: 12 hrs and 16 mins
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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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Incredible Books, Love It

This is must read self development books that break ur many irrational beliefs and Empower you for new possibilities in Life. this book is beautifully written ❤️ and you might get emotional on some of the heart warming stories and start crying..Just a warning 🤩

I really feels highly greatful to find this Book

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You will start thinking differently!

Absolutely a nice guide which would definitely make a positive impact on your though process. My sincere thanks to the narrator Matt and the author Dr. Maltz.

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  • MR
  • 29-08-17

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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 16-06-17

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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  • 02-08-18

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
  • 16-10-17

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
  • 07-09-17

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
  • 15-07-18

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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 23-09-17

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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 21-03-18

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
  • 20-09-17

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
  • 21-03-19

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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  • Dan
  • 25-11-17

The way up call that you just need if you want to improve your self image

Hello, my name is Dan quay and I thought I give this audio book a quick review, whenever it comes audio books I'm always sceptic, Maxwell maltz, I had previously done research on physco-cybernetics, on you tube, it was about self image, so I had understanding about it,

The reason I wanted to read the book, it was recommended by Matt Lloyd,but I prefer the audio version because it saves time.

I enjoyed listening to this audio, great stories and his voice is a inspiration and could relate to a lot of the stories that, his voice is very soothing and relaxing which I found helpful, helping me sleep,for last few weeks I felt like I was in a hypnotic state, I know it cold outside and the cold makes me feel like that,

So if you feel you need a kick up the backside and push in the directionn you want to go,meaning forward then this book will help.

I now feel happy that I listened to this book, its weight of my shoulders, so if you want improved self image, buy this book now

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  • M. Neale
  • 05-06-17

Ahead Of His Time

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

Already have! This book answers so many questions.

What did you like best about this story?

If you know there is something to personal development, but have been put off by the hype and thanking the universe for stuff, this will help. The premise is so simple, but so profound.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

You can dip in and out, but it needs to be listened to more than once.

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  • BigTree
  • 10-09-18

The best book I have ever read which really works

I do not think there is any other book which will transfer your life faster than this one.

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  • Hooked Living
  • 09-10-17

Eye opener

Love this book. Have both the audio and paper copy for the exercises. Matt reads it so well and adds great commentary. So happy I read it now... Would recommend it to everyone.

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  • Jonny140
  • 02-10-18

Something for everyone

This book is principally about self image psychology. It’s interesting in parts and there are always small take-always in these type of books. I enjoyed it. However I had to listen to this in conjunction with an online summary as the author does digress slightly in places. Can be a bit confusing. Not too keen on references to religion, but they are few and far between. A sign really of when this book was written. On the whole, considering how old these theory’s are it still holds it own and I would still recommend it.

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  • K
  • 13-10-19

Valuable book but awful narration

I’m halfway through the book but I’m going to purchase a physical copy as the narrator sounds horribly boring. There’s a lot of valuable information included but I struggle with identifying the practical advice because of the robotic narrator.

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  • Silkyshoes
  • 29-08-19

worth every minute of my time

I'm already changing listening to this audio. Repeating chapters and taking notes helps me lock in concepts in memory. enjoying every bit of this book!

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  • LRB
  • 04-08-19

Excellent brain food!

Have had this book for years, but finally finished it thanks to Audible and a long commute. Well worth a full listen. Will now go back and loop through the technique and case studies chapters to really lock it in.

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  • ian
  • 01-07-19

Psychi- Cybernetics

this is a amazing book, explains things out really well and comes with practical exercises.

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  • Silviu Blajut
  • 15-05-19

I do remember the day I got the book!

If your way of thinking is fucked up in any way, and most likely it is, then you must read the book... life-changing!

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  • Edward Simberg
  • 21-08-19

YES!!!

The concepts in thirds book can seriously help SO many people live better, happier and healthier lives. Few book I find worthwhile re listening to, but this one I surely will

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  • pjero mardesic
  • 12-08-19

very in-depth and thoughtful

I really enjoyed this book and I will read it again and again it makes you really think about deep thoughts and how we can control our outcome more

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-06-19

Timeless Message for Life & Living.

Wherever you are in your life, these words of wisdom will move you forward with an awareness of self.

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  • Corey
  • 30-04-19

Highly Recommend!

Enjoyed very much, I believe the techniques discussed throughout the book can help you in all areas of life! Very powerful.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 22-04-19

Truly the best positive thinking book ever

Love how it's based on science, and that it's written by a plastic surgeon. Despite being written more than half a century ago, the information is timeless. How I wish I had got this book in my early 20s.

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  • M. K.
  • 06-12-18

Would have been a great audio for boring narrator

It is a shame that I cannot bear to hear a classic work whether it be fiction or non-fiction because the narrator's voice is grating for one reason or another . This audio was boring due to the slow voice of the narrator Matt Furey ; it isn't his fault as that's how he narrates and he cannot do it any other way . What saved this audio from an even worse rating is technology ! Luckily I now have the ability to speed up the audio by 25% by using the audible app on my listening device and therefore listen to a great classic in the self help genre without getting too bored or falling asleep .

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  • roger o scullin
  • 23-05-18

voice boring

your man bored me to tears.had ro turn it off wirhin 5 mins. pity too as its a subject i want to learn more on.

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