• The Chimp Paradox

  • The Acclaimed Mind Management Programme to Help You Achieve Success, Confidence and Happiness
  • By: Prof Steve Peters
  • Narrated by: Prof Steve Peters
  • Length: 9 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 01-09-12
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Random House AudioBooks
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars 4.4 (91 ratings)

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Editorial Reviews

The Chimp Paradox is written and narrated by world-renown consultant Psychiatrist Steve Peters and is a life-changing mindfulness meditation audiobook based on Peters’ hugely successful Mind Management Programme. This audio will take the listener on the path towards a truly happy life. The tried and tested Programme uses real-life case studies and includes easy-to-use mindfulness and meditation techniques. Audible listeners follow the easy ‘inner chimp’ steps to overcome fear and anxiety through understanding why self-doubt and negative thoughts drive impulsive and irrational behaviours.
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Publisher's Summary

Do you sometimes behave irrationally or impulsively? Do you face some situations with fear and trepidation? Do feelings of self-doubt consume everyday activities? Leading consultant psychiatrist Steve Peters knows more than anyone how impulsive behaviour or nagging self-doubt can impact negatively on our professional and personal lives. In this, his first book, Steve shares his phenomenally successful mind-management programme that has been used to help elite athletes and senior managers alike to conquer their fears and operate with greater control, focus and confidence.
Seemingly complex concepts are made simple with the use of memorable analogies - such as the 'chimp', that seemingly irrational and impulsive being that inhabits our minds - and real-life case studies. Never before will you have had such a deep and clear understanding of your own behaviour and natural responses to certain people or situations. This knowledge, combined with simple techniques that can be easily incorporated into daily life, will help you to control your emotional impulses and reach your full potential, leading to success at work and a happier, harmonious home life.
©2012 Steve Peters (P)2012 Random House AudioGO
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5 out of 5 stars
By PhryneC on 10-11-14

Credited for UK cycling team's 10s of gold medals

What did you love best about The Chimp Paradox?

Written by the chap credited with helping the UK cycling team win tens of medals over the last eight years. There is something for everybody who listens..Really solid tips and techniques to manage one's demons.. Or chimps! Great advice on my personal challenge of distraction and people pleasing... And, while I listened, I thought great advice for my friend with anxiety, my other friend with depression and my friend struggling with addiction. And even an explanation and tips on managing road rage and other outbursts of fury...Want to buy copies for all I know, and I don't remember ever saying that before

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Chimp Paradox?

Too many to relate

What’s an idea from the book that you will remember?

Success in life is a question of understanding how our brain chimp behaves and how to manage it.

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5 out of 5 stars
By patrick on 03-10-12

Absolutely must read!

Any additional comments?

I never write reviews. I only read them. However, this time I have to write this down. This book is fabulous.I have read quite some books on negotiations and how the mind works. This one beats them all If you like pratical books and not so much academic analyses, this one would fit for you.I strongly recommend this book. Read this, and you will much better understand yourself and the people surrouding you. Have fun, Patrick from The Netherlands.

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5 out of 5 stars
By ChloetheMum on 07-17-12

Should be taught in Primary Schools!

I can't praise this book enough; Steve Peters narrates his book in a down to earth, practical way, easy to understand for everyone who has any kind of interest in psychology. There are no unpronounceable technical terms, no lengthy ramblings about Jung or Freud - none of that stuff.
The book is written in simple terms that we can all understand and relate to. It is logically laid out so that each concept, such as your 'chimp', is explained BEFORE he starts talking about how to manage it (by giving it bananas), and how to put it to sleep in its box. He also talks about our goblins and gremlins, realistic and unrealistic expectations of life, and how to manage these.
I had several 'kerching' moments, when the penny dropped - so simple and obvious, and yet if you don't know what to look for, how can you find it and fix it? Steve Peters takes you through the simple steps you can take to do a 'spring clean' of your thinking and beliefs, and come out the other end a happier, more well balanced person.
What a tremendous difference it would make to our society if this stuff was taught from Primary School onwards. There'd be far less violence, for one thing, if we were all taught how to manage our 'chimps.'

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5 out of 5 stars
By david on 10-25-12

Life changing- a must for stress heads

I have always suffered with a quick temper, getting stressed out when things didnt go my way and stewing on all the bad things or injustices that I have been unfortunate enough to experience.

At age 32 my marriage was on the rocks, I couldn't relax with my children and feeling like the relationship was over, mainly down to me.

I went to a seminar to see a guy called Damien Hughes. In that seminar he explained the model of the Chimp/human/computer psychological make up of the brain and it brought an instantaneous awareness of why I was feeling that way and reacting in the way I was.

I was lucky enough to sit on the same table as Damien at dinner and he told me about this website and this audio book. I went home downloaded it and listened in my car, to and from work for a week.

It was as if this book was written for me, I honestly learned more about myself from this than any councillor I've ever seen.

6 months on and after employing the strategies outlined in the book, my marriage is now thriving and the time with my kids is wonderful.

So a massive thank you to the author Dr Steve Peters and thank you to Damien Hughes (author of liquid thinking) for recommending this audio and explaining it so well that day.

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3 out of 5 stars
By Michael on 10-06-15

9 hours is too long

This book taught me a way to understand how the mind thinks and reacts to situations. This model is very fitting of my own experiences and helps me understand the way people react when they get angry or just rubbed the wrong way. Although this is good information, it should have taken no longer than 30 minutes to explain. The remaining 8.5 hours of this book was tedious and redundant.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Anonymous User on 04-20-18


Absolutely amazing!! This book is clearly laid out, easy to follow and extremely insightful. Can't get enough!

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