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'''''Psycho-Cybernetics''''' is a classic [[self-help book]], written by [[Maxwell Maltz]] in 1960 and published by the [[non-profit]] Psycho-Cybernetics Foundation.<ref name=50classics>[http://www.butler-bowdon.com/DCApp/cms/web/psychocybernets Butler-Bowdon.com - free self-development commentaries], Retrieved 2012-01-14.</ref> Motivational and [[self-help]] experts in personal development, including [[Zig Ziglar]], [[Tony Robbins]], [[Brian Tracy]] have based their techniques on Maxwell Maltz. Many of the psychological methods of training elite [[Sportsperson|athlete]]s are based on the concepts in Psycho-Cybernetics as well.<ref name=bookreview>{{cite web |url=http://www.profitadvisors.com/psychoc.shtml|title=Psycho-Cybernetics Book Review|publisher=www.profitadvisors.com|accessdate=2008-03-14|last=Gray|first=Michael C. }}</ref> The book combines the [[cognitive therapy|cognitive behavioral]] technique of teaching an individual how to regulate [[self-concept]] developed by [[Prescott Lecky]] with the [[cybernetics]] of [[Norbert Wiener]] and [[John von Neumann]]. The book defines the mind-body connection as the core in succeeding in attaining personal goals.<ref name=latimes>[http://pqasb.pqarchiver.com/latimes/access/643367622.html?dids=643367622:643367622&FMT=ABS&FMTS=ABS:AI&date=Nov+02%2C+1973&author=&pub=Los+Angeles+Times&desc='PSYCHO-CYBERNETICS'+AUTHOR&pqatl=google 'Psycho-Cybernetics' Author; Plastic Surgeon Tries to Heal Inner Scars], ''Los Angeles Times'', November 2, 1973.</ref>
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Maltz found that his plastic surgery patients often had expectations that were not satisfied by the surgery, so he pursued a means of helping them set the goal of a positive outcome through [[Mental image|visualization]] of that positive outcome.<ref name=latimes/> Maltz became interested in why setting goals works. He learned that the power of self-affirmation and mental visualisation techniques used the connection between the mind and the body. He specified techniques to develop a positive inner goal as a means of developing a positive outer goal. This concentration on inner attitudes is essential to his approach, as a person's outer success can never rise above the one visualized internally.
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While the names Psycho-Cybernetics and [[Cybernetics]] seem to declare a close affinity, the domain of the former and the discipline and academic credentials of the latter are not bridged effectively in the writings of either.
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==Reception==
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== External links ==
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*[http://www.mpowers.com/books/psycho-cybernetics.html Wilshire Book Co.] (publisher's website)
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Psycho-Cybernetics is a classic self-help book, written by Maxwell Maltz in 1960 and published by the non-profit Psycho-Cybernetics Foundation.[1] Motivational and self-help experts in personal development, including Zig Ziglar, Tony Robbins, Brian Tracy have based their techniques on Maxwell Maltz. Many of the psychological methods of training elite athletes are based on the concepts in Psycho-Cybernetics as well.[2] The book combines the cognitive behavioral technique of teaching an individual how to regulate self-concept developed by Prescott Lecky with the cybernetics of Norbert Wiener and John von Neumann. The book defines the mind-body connection as the core in succeeding in attaining personal goals.[3]

Maltz found that his plastic surgery patients often had expectations that were not satisfied by the surgery, so he pursued a means of helping them set the goal of a positive outcome through visualization of that positive outcome.[3] Maltz became interested in why setting goals works. He learned that the power of self-affirmation and mental visualisation techniques used the connection between the mind and the body. He specified techniques to develop a positive inner goal as a means of developing a positive outer goal. This concentration on inner attitudes is essential to his approach, as a person's outer success can never rise above the one visualized internally.

While the names Psycho-Cybernetics and Cybernetics seem to declare a close affinity, the domain of the former and the discipline and academic credentials of the latter are not bridged effectively in the writings of either.

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  1. Butler-Bowdon.com - free self-development commentaries, Retrieved 2012-01-14.
  2. Gray, Michael C. Psycho-Cybernetics Book Review. www.profitadvisors.com. URL accessed on 2008-03-14.
  3. 3.0 3.1 'Psycho-Cybernetics' Author; Plastic Surgeon Tries to Heal Inner Scars, Los Angeles Times, November 2, 1973.

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