Book Review: The Chimp Paradox by Dr Steve Peters

The Chimp Paradox is a simple mind management model created by Dr Steve Peters, it explains the neuroscience behind the complex working of the human brain that determines action and behaviour. However, it is written in a way that is understandable for the average Joe (such as myself) and is incredibly clear and relatable. Peters was wary about writing the book as he didn’t want it to become a recipe book that people follow step by step. The aim was that if something resonated with you in the book, pick it up and run with it. Or even if it sparked ideas, then work on those ideas. The message he sent with the book was that it is a model so try it and see, and if it isn’t for you then that is fair enough.

The book describes the brain very simply and in three different parts; the human, the chimp and the computer. The human is in the frontal lobe, and it thinks very clearly, rationally, controlled and logically. The Chimp is in the limbic system and thinks very emotionally and ruinously. Finally, the computer that works in the parietal lobe; this section collects the information and uses that information to establish perceptions, make choices, and predict outcomes.

The computer can be accessed by both the chimp and the human, it works as a distributor of information. However, the chimp and the human don’t work together very well! When the chimp is in control it can cause feelings of stress, anxiety and can cause actions that we don’t particularly want to be taking. The chimp brain is five times stronger than the human brain, so being in control of said emotions and feelings is practically impossible. Living and having control of your chimp will effectively allow you to live a much happier life and Dr Steve Peters gives tips on how to train your chimp and much more in the book!

Honestly, reading this book will be an asset to assist in living happily and successfully – on and off the court. It gives you the knowledge in a simple and understandable way, so you can use that knowledge to help yourself. Using the chimp as an explanation on why you may be feeling negative, anxious and perhaps a bit irate allows for some comfort in knowing, ‘hey, I can control this and I can be in control of my own happiness’. Not only that but it provides a solution and methods to overcome those barriers.

These are my thoughts – have you read it? What do you think? If you haven’t read it, there is a link down below where you can purchase it.

Where can I buy it?

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Want to know more? Check out the links down below!

Dr Steve Peters business.

Check out this amazing video that explains the relationship between the human, the chimp and the computer.

Here is also a link to Dr Steve Peters doing a youth Ted Talk explaining the Chimp Paradox theory.

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