Book Review – Psycho-cybernetics: A New Way to Get More Living Out of Life

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Psycho-cybernetics: A New Way to Get More Living Out of Life by Maxwell Maltz

Even in regard to tragic conditions, and the most adverse environment, we can usually manage to be happier, if not completely happy, by not adding to the misfortune our own feelings of self-pity, resentment, and our own adverse opinions.

Maxwell Maltz

Dr. Maltz is a little dated on his science in this 1960 piece on the psychology of success, but that’s bound to happen after more than 60 years. Happily, there are some powerful self-motivating resources in here for individuals who suffer from chronic failure, self esteem issues, or even toxic perceptions and beliefs.

The key to getting the most out of the text is to overlook the dated science. I would even suggest blasphemy—and skip the last chapter entirely as it is a little out of place with the rest of the author’s work and is a Frankenstein-esque combination of now recognized science fiction and religious credo.

Overall, I like the theme on how our perception can have both positive and negative impacts in our life by impacting our responses to the world. We are constantly motivated or inhibited by our personal beliefs and feelings. Maltz uses experiences from a collection of patients to show the reader just how we can overcome these mental traps and improve our lives by improving our perceptions.

That said, I did have difficulty appreciating the heavily Western religiosity present throughout the work. However, I tend to overlook that uncomfortableness in a text. I focus on whatever I find valuable in the book and allow some levity due to the historical context in which this work was authored.

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