Author:Professor Steve Peters
Professor Steve Peters is probably best known for his previous work, the mind management guide The Chimp Paradox, as well as his work with various high profile sporting figures. This book is a sequel to The Chimp Paradox, and is also accompanied by the publication of a companion volume, My Hidden Chimp, which is targeted specifically at children. In a nutshell, the two interconnected books attempt to explain how we can manage our minds from childhood through to adulthood, along the way simplifying quite complex neurological science into simple, understandable language. The Silent Guides of the title are the coping mechanisms and unconscious beliefs that influence our daily lives, and the book aims to help the reader identify them, remove unhelpful ones and nurture beneficial ones. For those such as myself who have struggled with depression, anxiety, inability to switch off, etc the book attempts to guide you into a better understanding of your behaviour and offers ways to help you navigate through life. If you have children, then a good portion of the book is devoted to managing and helping them, in the process learning about a child’s emotion based logic, all very useful if you are bringing up a young family in an age of social media and instant gratification.. Overall, this complex topic is presented in a simple and digestible form, and is written in a witty yet helpful style. Hopefully, it will have a positive impact on those struggling with the issues I’ve touched on, and will help facilitate them in making positive and beneficial changes to their thought processes, and ultimately make coping with life just that little bit easier.
Length of Read:Medium
Might appeal to people who enjoyed…
The Chimp Paradox.
One thing you’ve learned
As Sartre said, Hell is other people, and this work will certainly help me in the navigation of the difficult interpersonal situations we are all too often presented with in our daily lives.