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December 7th, 2016
Psycho-Cybernetics Book Review
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This is not quite a review, but more like a short description of what the book is all about. People has been asking me about it frequently so I decided to post about it. I learned about the book since Suspect recommended it to me about a year ago, and it is definitely one of the most important books you'll ever read.

So I recommend to everyone to grab the original version and just eat it alive. Pretty much any good guru out there has based their work on Maltz including Robbins, Tracy, and Ziglar. He pretty much covers all the self help concepts there are, just in a simplistic way.

So even if someone has not even heard of Maltz, it is very likely that he will eventually come up with the same concepts.

You just have to reword things a little and you can pretty much found anything that self help has ever produced.

Of course, like anything in self help, even after having the absolute clarity of what you need to do to become successful in any endeavor you put your vision on, nothing is going to happen unless "you do something" with that understanding.

I copied and pasted what I wrote in the other thread.

Basically, if you need a new car and someone tells you should buy an Aston Martin DB9 and you make like less than 15 grand a year, you will dismiss it, that's not for you, your mind is only concerned about what you think you can afford.

The same goes with self image, you can only obtain what you think you are entitled to, and no matter how positive you are, you cannot achieve what you don't feel entitled to because your mind will not allow you to even envision it.

So in order to obtain the goals that seem out of reach, you first need to change your self image and adapt it in such a way that it will allow you to accept that in fact you can make those goals happen as if you already done it.

However, because you cannot accept into your reality what you haven't experienced, you need to gain those new reference points that will allow you to transform yourself into realizing that achieving those goals is part of your current reality, that there is nothing holding you back since you have experienced already obtaining those goals.

You may wonder how can you experience something that seems so far out of your reality, but the good news is that your subconscious mind does not know the difference between imagination and real life. Anything you can picture vividly in your mind, your mind will interpret it as if it is really happening.

For example you can remember a past experience when someone made you feel really bad. Funny enough, your mind will interpret that experience as if it is happening right now, and you will literally feel bad in the present moment as if the experience is happening again right now, even though it may already had happened long time ago.

In the same manner, you can also picture favorable conditions, successes and positive responses vividly, and your mind will only accept it as if it is a real experience. These experiences will become storage in your mind as reference points that will gradually start changing your self image based on them.

However picturing the experience is not enough if you don't attach that winning feeling to it. We have two brains, one more oriented to emotions and one more oriented to logical physical constructs. You have to use both sides of your brain to obtain a new experience.

Meaning, if you want to gain a reference point of success, you not only need to mentally reframe your life into success as if it is happening right now, you also have to allow yourself "to feel" as if it is happening right now, in order for your brain to fully accept it.

This is not superstition or spirituality, it's just how your brain works and what is designed for, a goal-striving mechanism which function is based on targets and hitting those targets.

By giving your conscious brain a crystal clear goal, your subconscious will use automatic processes to bring you to that goal. Your brain works this way with simple and complex tasks.

The same process that goes into building a major corporation by undergoing through all the action that is necessary to make it happen, is the same process that goes into grabbing a glass of water on the table.

With a glass of water your conscious defines the image of the glass of water and your subconscious directs the movements of your arms and hands, automatically, in order to grab it from the table, and so it can direct you in the same manner in the building of a corporation.

So in order for you goal-striving mechanism to work properly, you must allow your subconscious to work its way towards that goal by leaving your conscious just with the simple task of pointing out that goal using that right kind of imagery and feelings that will serve your subconscious as the signposts to bring you there.

Meaning, you must practice act upon your goals spontaneously with freedom of outcome in order for your subconscious to do its work without having to deal with the conscious getting in its way.

Your subconscious will steer its way towards the goal based on positive and negative feedback along the way, and will act upon this feedback also spontaneously in order to use it effectively.

One of the biggest mistakes I have come into applying these principles is to try to focus on the ways that will lead me to that goal I want. When you try to focus on "the how" you will get to these goal, you are communicating to your subconscious that this reality is not current, but one of the future.

By communicating to your brain that the reality that you want is not current, but one of the future, you are pretty much programming it into to push your goal away into procrastination.

The reason of this is that the imagery that you are providing to your brain is that you are not enough for this goal yet. So in the same manner you are picturing your goal in the future, that you must find a how to get there, your subconscious will just follow orders and keep that goal in the future, and all the automated faculties that could bring you there to align that goal in the present, will be blocked.

The goal is to experience your vision right now and to act upon the impulse of having the satisfaction that it is not a big deal, that is the norm and the regular, having the self trust that anything you do is fine because you know your goal is here by motion, just like reaching a glass of water is.

So by assuming you are on the same level of what you want, the question is, who you want to be now. You choose.
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Bzzza7

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Excellent post!

It's great that you pointed out that it is not visualization that will get you there, but rather Imagery. (If that distinction makes senseteeth)
If you visualize the whole process of becoming successful in some area, and if you are extremely self-hating, like I've been for a long time, you will likely leave room for failure (and probably more self-hating habits)during the process.
If you, however, focus on a single image of yourself as successful in whatever area, and you then allow yourself to explore and feel the image in more depth and detail, it will set you on your path.
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Thanks man
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Rich~

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 Cool so you focus on the what not the how...

how do you focus on the what? 

Visualisation, or just kind of general attitude of focussing on what you want and getting moving, rather than picking individual moves (the how) ..?

Sometimes when we think about what we want, it's hard to get that clear vision of how it would look/ feel like - there's stuff in the way (success barriers, -ve emotions, whatever)  I know there's a ton of ways of tackling that.  But what does maltz say about that?
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 hmm cool. cheers bud. sounds like a worthwile read.
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The book is amazing. I find it hard to read from start to end sometimes, so I've just read some chapters. But will definately end up reading the whole thing several times.

But I was wondering if you could adress something.

I've been reading a book about ADD, by Gabor Mate, and I have come to realize that I have a fear of being alone.

In chapter 12 in psycho-cybernetics, when you create your room of peace (which wis an awesome exercise/technique). I test the exercise and I end up sitting in the room, not really wanting to take a break, but having the same thoughts as I have in real life pop into my head. I experimented by changing it from sitting in my favourite chair, to laying on a sofa with a girl, and only then I was able to relax..

What are you thoughts on this? How to ease down the need to be with somebody.. Not having fear of being alone.

There are only a handful of times I've been able to relax, thinking that being single, alone, is amazing. (sometimes after reading tolle, after meditating, or reading some other good book)


Edit: Maybe not fear of being alone/abandonment, or need of being with someone, but rather that there is some lack when you are alone, that really is just in your head. I enjoy spending time alone, but far too often, the feeling of lack pops in.

After having a girl over for ONS, i can't wait for her to GTFO usually. But if there's a girl I have some sort of outcome dependence with, I can get the urge for her, or a girl who can replace her, just so I'm not alone.
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 Really good review. If you manage to internalize the concepts in this book your golden. BTW Love the track, sucks that G&D had to split.
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VisionsDivine

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Drama wrote:

I just got a copy of the book and have been reading it all day -- excellent recommedation.
Awesome man, nice to hear that.
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thebrave wrote:

Really good review. If you manage to internalize the concepts in this book your golden. BTW Love the track, sucks that G&D had to split.
They are back, I saw them together a few weeks ago in DC. I just came from Steve Angello and it kicked ass too.
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Thanks man
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baconfever

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Read the whole thing while on vacation. People like me should really read this book (and possibly others) before reading tolle etc..
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