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Psycho-Cybernetics – Maxwell Maltz

Psycho-Cybernetics – Maxwell Maltz

Our present state of self-confidence and poise is the result of what we have experienced rather than what we have learned intellectually. Maxwell Maltz Noah Webster defined success as "the satisfactory accomplishment of a goal sought for." Maxwell Maltz In short, you will "act like" the sort of person you conceive yourself to be. Maxwell Maltz

The trouble with these students was not that they were dumb, or lacking in basic aptitudes. The trouble was an inadequate self-image ("I don't have a mathematical mind"; "I'm just naturally a poor speller"). They "identified" with their mistakes and failures. Instead of saying "I failed that test" (factual and descriptive), they concluded "I am a failure".

A squirrel does not have to be taught how to gather nuts. Nor does it need to learn that it should store them for winter. A squirrel born in spring has never experienced winter. Maxwell Maltz I must repeat: Psycho-Cybernetics does not say that man is a machine. Rather, it says that man has a machine that he uses. Maxwell Maltz The torpedo accomplishes its goal by going forward, making errors, and continually correcting them. By a series of zigzags it literally gropes its way to the goal. Maxwell Maltz Science can build the computer but not the operator. Maxwell Maltz A human being always acts and feels and performs in accordance with what he imagines to be true about himself and his environment. Maxwell Maltz It is no exaggeration to say that every human being is hypnotized to some extent, either by ideas he has uncritically accepted from others, or ideas he has repeated tot himself or convinced himself are true. Maxwell Maltz You are not "inferior." You are not "superior." You are simply "You." Maxwell Maltz Physical relaxation plays a key role in the dehypnotization process. Maxwell Maltz Physical relaxation also, in itself, has a powerful influence in dehypnotizing us from negative attitudes and reaction patterns. Maxwell Maltz Also remember that you automatic mechanism does not reason about, or question, the data you feed it. It merely processes it and reacts appropriately to it. Maxwell Maltz "Always think of what you have to do as easy and it will become so," said Émile Coué, the psychologist and pharmacist who introduced a popular method of psychotherapy and self-inprovement based on optimistic autosuggestion. Maxwell Maltz "It ain't necessarily so" is a good motto. Maxwell Maltz Because modern man does depend almost entirely on his forebrain, he becomes too careful, too anxious, and too fearful of "results", …. Maxwell Maltz I might as well go along mentally --- and dismiss all thoughts of resistance. Maxwell Maltz Alcoholics Anonymous uses the same principle when they say, "Don't try to stop drinking forever – merely say, \'I will not drink today.\'" Maxwell Maltz The very word "disease" means as state of unhappiness -- "dis-ease". Maxwell Maltz One of the most pleasant thoughts to any human being is the thought that he is needed, that het is important enough and competent enough to help and add to the happiness of some other human being. Maxwell Maltz Happiness is a mental habit, a mental attitude, and if it is not learned and practiced in the present it is never experienced. Maxwell Maltz If you are to be happy at all, you must be happy – period! Not happy "because of." Maxwell Maltz Most people are about as happy as they make up their minds to be. Abraham Lincoln

Goeie twitter oefening: Herken het volgende Great twitter exercise: Recognise this while "reading" a twitter feed:

"You are acting as an obedient slave and obeying promptly when some event or cirumstance signals to you – \'Be angry\' – \'Get upset\' – or \'Now is the time to feel unhappy.\'" Maxwell Maltz "You can be happier," I said, "by not adding your own opinion to the facts." Maxwell Maltz Men are disturbed not by the things that happen, but by their opinoion of the things that happen. Epictetus "Most people are brave only in the dangers to which they accustom themselves, either in imagination or practice, "said Bulwer-Lytton, the English novelist. Maxwell Maltz The measure of mental health is the disposition to find good everywhere. Ralph Waldo Emerson Deliberately choosing to think pleasant thoughts is more than a palliative. It can have very practical results. Maxwell Maltz People who say that life is not worthwhile are ar really saying that they themselves have no personal goals that are worthwhile. Maxwell Maltz When you're not goal-striving, not looking forward, you're not realling "living". Maxwell Maltz We should remembe what we said in an earlier chapter – no one reacts to "things as they are," but to his own mental images. Maxwell Maltz Try to develop a genuine appreciation for people by realizing the truth about them; they are children of God, unique personalities, creative beings. Maxwell Maltz

(We all are children of the Cosmos)

In the 1920s, woman used to come to me and in effect say -- "Make me somebody by reducing the size of my breasts." Today, the plea is "Make me somebody by increasing the size of my breasts." This seeking for identity --- this desire for selfhood – this urge to be "somebody" is universal, but we make a mistake when we seek it in conformity, in the approval of other people, or in material things. Maxwell Maltz Feelings are the soil that thoughts and ideas grow in. Maxwell Maltz Loneliness is a way of self-protection. Maxwell Maltz Resentment is an emotional rehashing, or refighting, of some event in the past. You cannot win, because you are attempting to do the impossible – change the past. Maxwell Maltz Life becomes worthwhile when you have worthwhile goals. Maxwell Maltz Emptiness, when once experienced, can become a way of avoiding effort, work, and responsibility. It becomes an excuse, or a justification, for nocreative living. Maxwell Maltz We need to be aware of negatives so that we can steer clear of them. Maxwell Maltz We are very apt to become hardened of heart, callous toward the world, and to withdraw within a protective shell. Maxwell Maltz It is a well-known psychological fact that the people who become offended the easiest have the lowest self-esteem. We are "hurt" by those things we conceive of as threats to our ego or self-esteem. Maxwell Maltz Scientific experiments have shown that it is absolutely impossible to feel fear, anger, anxiety, or negative emotions of any kind while the muscles of the body are kept perfectly relaxed. We have to "do something" to feel fear, anger, anxiety. "No man is hurt but by himself," said Diogenes. Maxwell Maltz

"You need to practice speaking before you think instead of thinking before you speak – acting whithout thinking, instead of thinking or \"considering carefully\" before you act." – Maxwell Maltz

Make a habit of speaking louder than usual. Inhabited people are notoriously soft-spoken. – Maxwell Maltz

Don't plan (take no thought for tomorrow). Don't think before you act. Act – and correct your actions as you go along. Maxwell Maltz Recent experiments have shown that you can exert up to 15% more strenght, and lift more weight, if you will shout, grunt, or groan loudly as you make the lift. Maxwell Maltz "Counting to ten" when you are tempted to become angry is based on the same principle, and is very good advice – if you count slowly, and in fact actually delay the response, rather than merely holding in you angry shouting or desk pounding. Maxwell Maltz [over quitness] At the same time you experience calmness, peacefulness, and a feeling of well-being, which will also "carry over" into whatever activiteites immediately follow. Your quiet time wipes the slate clean so to speak, clears the machine, and gives you a clean new page for the environment that is to follow. Maxwell Maltz Be like the promontory against which the waves continually break, but it stands firm and tames the fury of the water around it. Marcus Aurelius(promontory → NL voorgebergte) Emotionally, respond only to what actually is, here and now --- and ignore the rest. Maxwell Maltz

Exercise Say to yourselve, "I am letting the telephone ring," whenever you are tempted to "obey" or respond to some fear-bell or anxiety bell.

Dr. Edward C. Tolman, psychologist and founder of the concept known as "latent learning," said that both animals and men form "brain maps" or "congnitive maps" of the environment while they are learning. Maxwell Maltz The word "express" literally means to push out, to exert, to show forth. Maxwell Maltz If there is one simple secret to the operation of your unconscious Creative Mechanism, it is this: call up, capture, evoke the feeling of success. Maxwell Maltz Jesus warned us about sweeping the mind clean of one demon, only to have seven new ones move in if we left the house empty. He also advised us not to resist evil, but to overcome evil with good. Maxwell Maltz The only cure for worry, he (Dr. Matthew Chappel) said, is to make a habit out of immediately substituting pleasant, wholesome, mental images for unpleasant "worry images." Maxwell Maltz Negative feelings literally defeated themselves by becoming a sort of "bell" that set off a conditioned reflex to arouse positive states of mind. Maxwell Maltz The old can be changed, modified, replaced, by our present thinking. (edit: or awareness) Maxwell Maltz Humans are not machines, any more than electricity is the wire over which it flows or the motor that it turns. Maxwell Maltz The stress of life. – Dr. Selye

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