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Psycho-Cybernetics, A New Way to Get More Living Out of Life
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287 of 293 people found the following review helpful
on February 14, 2002
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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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404 of 423 people found the following review helpful
on December 11, 2004
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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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171 of 180 people found the following review helpful
on May 20, 2000
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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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78 of 82 people found the following review helpful
on January 4, 2002
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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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260 of 286 people found the following review helpful
on October 20, 2004
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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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131 of 143 people found the following review helpful
on November 27, 2004
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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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72 of 79 people found the following review helpful
on October 23, 2004
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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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91 of 103 people found the following review helpful
on February 15, 2002
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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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35 of 37 people found the following review helpful
on October 13, 1999
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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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75 of 85 people found the following review helpful
on April 21, 2004
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The first rewrite by Bobbe Summers in Psycho-Cybernetics 2000 tried to make the book seem more cute and fair to women in terms of using more female examples. It also contained a lot of boring everyday examples in the authors own life as material as well. Needless to say, it was a flop.
Now it's Dan Kennedy's turn and frankly, I don't think it gives the original any justice. Here's why.
1) First of all this new versions seems to drag on and on, whereas the original was short and to the point. Whatever Maltz says in one page takes three pages by author Dan Kennedy.
2) This version seems more confusing because Dan Kennedy adds all his material in first person point of view. At one point he's talking about something from the 1920's and then all of a sudden it jumps to the new millenium, making it seem as though Maltz is still alive and has been around for a long time. While I do admit that it helps Maltz's spirit live on, it also makes him seem less credible as an author for being over 120 years old.
3) Yes, it's true that Dan Kennedy does add in a lot of modern day examples but these examples essentially have no new impact of meaning to what Maltz has already said. Absolutely Nothing.
4) Dan Kennedy has the worst reading voice I have ever heard out of anybody else alive. His audio book based on this new version is horrible. I'm sorry but that's just thew ay it is. It's boring.
5) Why would you pay an extra $20 for an inferior product. Just get the original. It's a far superior product AND it costs less too. It's smaller too and fits in your pocket!
So that's my verdict. Just get the original and don't waste time with this. May all future authors not tamper with this book again. It is a classic and rewriting it serves the same injustice as making as doing a repainting of Mona Lisa's Simle. By the way, the audio cd makes a great companion to the original too, and is solely based on Maltz's stuff as are the abridged tapes.
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