Book Review – Psycho-Cybernetics by Dr Maltz

The book, “Psycho-Cybernetics”, was written back in the late 50’s by Dr. Maxwell Maltz. He discusses in a detailed way on how to get more life in our years and more years in our life. This is done by having control of our mind. He takes a very direct, precise, and scientific approach on our mind.

It is difficult to study our brains but his analysis and results are due to his experience as a doctor. As he observed the behavior of his patients, he noticed that the key to their overall health and welfare was their mental state of mind. This is where the self-image is analyzed and examined.

The self-image is how one perceives and sees themselves. It is more of a perception than a reality for most people. Most people think lowly of themselves and highly of other people. The self-image is deeply rooted into the self-esteem which is how one feels about themselves. To better understand self-image, you can look at self-confidence. Most people are confident on a particular activity or task. For example, you can be confident on painting but not confident on public speaking. Someone else can be confident on public speaking but not confident on painting. Self-confidence is situational based. Now, self-esteem is not based on a particular task or activity. It is based on how you see your overall self-image. Thus, we have total control of our self-esteem- thus, our self-image. This is an essential part of the book, “Psycho-Cybernetics”.

The first chapter of this book is: The Self-Image: Your Key to a Better Life. This is the foundational basis of our lives and how we embark and experience our life’s journey. Then, the book specifically discusses and teaches you how to “get that winning feeling”, “dehypnotize yourself from false beliefs”, “relax and let your success mechanism work for you”, “how to remove emotional scars”, “how to unlock your real personality”, and other aspects of our lives. Knowing and practicing these principles and techniques will give you a much better quality of life.

Usually it is a hit-and-miss chore when we deal with our brain. It is difficult to quantify the brain and handle it like a definite science- rather than an art. Psycho-Cybernetics is that science. It is the science of understanding our brain. It is the science of making changes on how we handle our brains so that we can have a better quality of life and success.