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Psycho-Cybernetics, A New Way to Get More Living Out of Life
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302 of 308 people found the following review helpful
on February 14, 2002
The original Psycho-Cybernetics had a massive impact on my life. From it, I learned that I could control my thoughts and substitute encouraging, strengthening, creativity-enhancing thinking habits ("programming") for the less than optimal habits I'd picked up from family, friends, school, work, society etc. HOW you think makes ALL the difference and there has never been a book that clarifies the mechanisms of productive thinking better than Psycho-Cybernetics. This new edition is, amazingly enough, even better than the original. It's clearer, easier to follow, and even more compelling. I'll always be grateful to the person who recommended this to me when I was 20 years old. Twenty two years later, I'm living a life most people only dream of. I owe it all to my outlook and this book was where I began to make the connection between outlook and happiness and results in life. Essential reading.
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417 of 436 people found the following review helpful
on December 10, 2004
I don't make it a habit to read self-help books, but the off-color fitness guru Matt Furey has made a killing on selling a program based off of Maltz's work, and most other "motivational speakers" usually bend a knee in respect to Maltz as a forerunner. So I picked up a cheap used copy and read it cover to cover. The only question I have left is why anyone would bother with any of the other crap. This book effectively condenses the entirety of the self-help field. As far as I can tell, this is as good as it gets by the standards of the genre, is enjoyably accessible to a general audience, and has weathered time's attack on its relevance stunningly well.

Firstly, Maltz had the raw clinical experience necessary to write this kind of book. As a crackerjack plastic surgeon he saw immediately and firsthand the life-changing or life-stalling power of self-image at work in the faces of his patients. (And anyone who scoffs at unorthodox contributors to a research field ought to know that Albert Einstein was working for the Swiss patent office when he submitted the Theory of Special Relativity.) Yet Maltz also admits where exactly the limits of his knowledge lie rather than try to convince the reader of his omniscience.

Secondly, Maltz was receptive to many fundamental tenets of psychology and philosophy and works them into Psycho Cybernetics clearly and without contradiction. Nor does he try to repackage ancient metaphysical hokum with inane and feeble examples.

Thirdly, there are no workshops, special reports, live phone help, or products to buy. (Though I cannot speak for the organization that has cropped up around Maltz's name.) All pretense and exaggeration for marketing purposes seem absent from his book.

Maltz was definitive and unequivocal in his ideas, quick to set a standard and stick to it. He took seriously some very fundamental issues of life and makes clear statements. This book rises high above the haphazard pop philosophy/ethics smeared all over mass media which are either shallow and weak or imperiously stupid. Maltz simply faced the truth of his own convictions. Psycho Cybernetics by no means outlines life management skills as an exact science, but its frank suggestions are intellectually compelling. Overall, the book is worthwhile because Maltz' honest and non-condescending style at least earns your respect, if not your belief.
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178 of 188 people found the following review helpful
on May 19, 2000
I really love this book...I have never read a book that contained such positive wisdom and helpful insights on how to be a successful person. Dr. Maltz was a plastic surgeon and a humanitarian, who truly cared about helping people. He had plenty of money being one of the few plastic surgeons of his day--He unselfishly wrote this book from center of his heart. I can't even think about it without getting teary-eyed! His principles are based on some of his psychological experiences as a plastic surgeon. He compared a low self-esteem as being similar to the facial flaws of his plastic surgery patients, and how you can fix your self-esteem to become a better you. He offers useful advice on how to avoid letting your negative thoughts make you a failure. He suggests how one's attitude alone can influence his/her success-level. He also has ideas on how to not let the hateful, hurtful things people say keep you from the success you deserve. His book healed me, and taught me that I have control over my life and destiny. Dr. Maltz passed away some time ago, but his compassion for countless others lives on.
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88 of 92 people found the following review helpful
on January 3, 2002
Napoleon Hill founded the laws of success, Dale Carnegie taught us how to win friends and Maxwell Maltz taught us how to live it all. This book has in my opinion, what 99.9% of books will forever lack - and that's common sense. There is no need for hype, Maltz speaks the truth which is refreshing in this day and age. He teaches (and in my opinion was the first to teach) the art of compassion, self- respect, relaxation, forgiveness and the art of being a professional human being. In this book you will learn that it doesn't matter how many success principles you know, that if you really want to change you must do so through the self-image -the foundation for all success. It is a book filled with wisdom, humor and hope. So if you want to change and live a better life overall, then buy this book. Take a knife and cut through the diddle daddle and motivation found in those other so-called self-help books. After all, how many other authors have 33 million copies in print over a 40 year life span? BUY IT!
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273 of 299 people found the following review helpful
on October 20, 2004
After having read the original psycho-cybernetics years ago, i purchased this and was very disappointed. Dan Kennedy has done an injustice to this great classic. The additional stories he has added in all thru out the book are painful to read, and also the exercises at the end of the chapters that were so great in the original, well kennedy writes them in such small fonts you`ll need a magnifying glass to read them. All these additional stories kennedy adds in this book are TOTALLY unnessesary with the original ones being so much better. I found myself constantly skimming through all of kennedy`s stories to get to the real meat. His material is weaved into the book and written as though maltz were writing it from 40 years ago. This is a prime example of someone trying to capitalise on a great classic by rewriting it with their own inferior added material and at the same time using it to recommend other books by authors he likes. Trust me buy the original which i rate a 5 star and avoid this garbled mess! SHAME ON KENNEDY!!
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132 of 144 people found the following review helpful
on November 26, 2004
I was a junior in high school. It was 1976 and my psychology teacher, Mr. Potashnik, required us to read "Psychocybernetics" by Maxwell Maltz. I let a lot of homework slip by as a junior, but this book I read. "Psychocybernetics" and my psychology teacher, inspired me. I suddenly felt empowered to do something with my life, besides graduating from high school and becoming someone's wife. I was 5 feet 4 inches and I weighed 102 lbs. I thought about becoming an airline stewardess because I wanted to travel the world, but instead I became a United States Marine. I never did serve in a war zone, but I am very proud of my 21 years of service as a Marine. More recently, my husband, also a former Marine, and I celebrated our 22nd wedding anniversary. We have two beautiful children; a son who is a freshman in college and a daughter who is a senior in high school. I have a Master's degree from the Catholic University of America in Library Science and Informations Systems, and love life. "Psychocybernetics" started me believing in myself, and I have never looked back.
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74 of 81 people found the following review helpful
on October 23, 2004
I simply loved the original psycho-cybernetics, but this version and also the one by bobbe sommer are cheap imitations. Although this version contains most of the material as the original it is laced with useless fluff and story after story by kennedy that makes this a much longer boring read. The original was shorter and to the point, easier to understand, a pleasure to read. I wish they would print a hardcover anniversary edition of the original, it is MUCH better. Why tamper with perfection as they say!
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36 of 38 people found the following review helpful
on October 12, 1999
I was not going to write a review since I noticed that most of the other reviewers gave the book '5 stars' - but there was the gentleman from Carson City that gave it 4 stars due to his distaste for the few references that Dr. Maltz made related to God. Personally, I found it refreshing to see Dr. Maltz's references to the 'divine' and to God. Some people will complain about anything. Psycho-Cybernetics helped me to eliminate my fears of public speaking, helped me to 'slam-dunk' a basketball, and helped me get a job! I first read it almost 15 years ago and have kept it with me ever since. Sure, the guy was talking about examples of the 1960's - but the book is timeless in it's power and relevancy. You must read this book! I promise you will be glad you did!!! Please take my advice on this one !!!
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92 of 104 people found the following review helpful
on February 14, 2002
In the past 16 years, I've "used up" two paperbound copies of Maxwell Maltz's PSYCHO-CYBERNETICS. Both my wife and I have found this classic invaluable in overcoming business challenges, self-image challenges, and challenges in our marriage.
Now, Dan Kennedy has done us all the great service of revitalizing Maltz's book for a new generation. It's still the classic work, but it's got LOTS of new material, new case studies, and new spirit. Even if you have read the original over and over again, this new version deserves a spot right next to it on your bookshelf.
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40 of 43 people found the following review helpful
on May 11, 1996
Forget the $100 motivational tape sets! This is where Tony Robbins and the other personal development gurus got there initial ideas.

The author is a plastic surgeon who noticed that some people who had disfiguring facial scars and felt they couldn't face the world, didn't change their point of view even after reconstructive surgery. Some even insisted that their faces had not changed. Maltz realized it was the self-image we have of ourselves that is more important than the physical reality.

This remaking of the self-image is the work of the book. Many very practical exercises. The author uses the analogy of WW-II torpedo guidance systems - the mind as a servo-mechanical mechanism (now we would visualize laser-guided smart missles) - that locks onto a goal and uses mistakes and setbacks only to adjust the trajectory and hone-in more precisely on the target. If we focus too much on our mistakes and errors we retarget our mind on the mistake rather than the desired goal.

This book has exercises and images that can be used for greater understanding and real growth. An amazing kernel of wisdom from an era noted for its materialism and superficiallity!
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