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Solving the monkey puzzle: The Chimp Paradox by Prof Steve Peters

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Is your mind making a monkey out of you? When you’re cheesed off and react by lashing out (whether physically, verbally or by grabbing the biscuits you don’t need to eat but JUST HAVE TO), that’s your Chimp in charge.

In his fascinating book, The Chimp Paradox, consultant psychiatrist Prof Steve Peters explains the struggle for control inside your head between your inner Chimp, your Human mind and your internal Computer. These are models for the brain’s limbic system, frontal cortex and parietal cortex, which respectively affect our emotional responses, our rational responses, and our automatic habits.

But it’s a darn sight easier to think Chimp, Human, Computer – and that’s where Prof Peters’ genius lies, in his ability to translate complex neuroscience into easily useable concepts and tools that help you tame your Chimp, defrag your Computer, and be more Human, more who you want to be, the best you can be.

And he’s not monkeying around. Prof Peters has been using his mind-management techniques for over 15 years to boost the game of Olympic athletes, cyclists, footballers, rugby players, even snooker champions like Ronnie O’Sullivan (check out O’Sullivan’s glowing review on Amazon if you don’t believe us!). A game-changer of a book. And definitely not monkey nuts.

The Chimp Paradox: The Mind-Management Programme for Confidence, Success and Happiness (Vermilion 2012, £12.99)