Psycho Cybernetics PDF by Maxwell Maltz is available here.
When I first read Psycho Cybernetics it was a turning point in my life. I had been struggling with an online business for several years. In many ways my life felt like a struggle, in fact. It wasn’t until I focused on changing my self image, that things really changed for me. This is the focus of Maxwell Matlz’s book.
Psycho Cybernetics PDF – Self Image
Maxwell Maltz explains in his book that as a plastic surgeon many patients changed their lives around after surgery. The change in their faces resulted in massive changes in their lives. But this didn’t happen in every case. Some patients carried the same feelings of inadequacies that they carried before the facial change. Their lives didn’t change. They continued to have the same poor self image which kept them back from the life they wanted. It was this finding that led Maxwell Maltz to write this book Pscycho-cybernetics.
Psycho-Cybernetics – Meaning
Psycho refers to the mind. Cybernetics comes from the Greek word meaning “the art of steering”. From the Greek “cybernetics” evolved into the Latin meaning “governor”. The “governor”, in the case of psycho-cybernetics, is the self regulating feedback mechanism in your mind, or your self image.
Psycho-Cybernetics and Goal Setting
The problems with goal setting often comes when you come up against a poor self image. “I’m not the kind of person to do that..” or “I always struggle with that..” are two ideas which may come for a self image. The ideas can be so powerful as to prevent you from achieving a goal. The trade off is a consistent world view and you get to maintain you current self image, even if it is a poor one. You find a way to explain why you didn’t achieve a goal and this confirms again your self image. It’s a self-fulfilling feedback loop.
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The art of creating and accomplishing goals is well studied in Stuart Lichtman’s book How To Get Lots Of Money For Anything Fast. He uses cybernetics to focus the subconscious mind on the goal so powerfully that your subconscious mind works on the attainment of it continually. In much the same way as your self image continually strives to prove itself has merit. We always look for that which we believe – confirmation bias. Confirmation bias can work against us if we are trying to work towards something which we haven’t previously been able to attain. Goal setting is a perfect example of this. The problems come when our self image hijacks our best intentions to achieve our goals. But we can use this same powerful force to attain them. See how with Stuart Lichtman’s book here.