The new book from the creator of the chimp management mind model and author of the million-copy-selling The Chimp Paradox.
The Silent Guides explores some neuroscience and psychological aspects of the developing mind, unconscious thinking, behaviours, habit formation and related topics in an easy-to-understand way. It then offers practical ideas and thoughts for the reader to reflect on using 10 helpful habits as examples.
This book has two themes:
- To help adults to consider and understand where some of their unhealthy or destructive learnt behaviours and beliefs might have come from, and then offer ways to replace them with healthy and constructive behaviours and beliefs.
- To offer ideas and support to parents, teachers or carers that could help children to form healthy and constructive habits and prevent unhealthy or destructive habits from developing.
Examples of unhelpful thinking, behaviours and habits that can be changed include:
- Being overly self-critical
- Fear of failure and unforgiving perfectionism
- Worrying excessively or overreacting to situations
- Living with low self-esteem
Examples of helpful thinking, behaviours and habits include:
- Developing a positive outlook
- Being able to talk through your feelings
Written as a companion to My Hidden Chimp
, these two interconnected books tackle how we can best manage our mind from childhood and into adulthood.
Professor Steve Peters explains neuroscience in a straightforward and intuitive way - offering up 10 simple habits that we as adults and children should have in our arsenal to deal with everyday life. These 10 habits should and can be retained for life.
About the Author
Prof Steve Peters is a consultant psychiatrist and has worked in the clinical field of psychiatry for over 20 years. He specialises in optimising the functioning of the mind and also holds degrees in mathematics and medicine. Prof Peters is Undergraduate Dean at Sheffield University Medical School and resident psychiatrist with Sky ProCycling. He is also the consultant psychiatrist for Liverpool FC and, from May 2014, for the England football team. Steven Gerrard, Sir Chris Hoy, Sir Bradley Wiggins, Ronnie O'Sullivan, Victoria Pendleton and Craig Bellamy have all spoken publicly about how Prof Peters' unique model has helped them improve their performance.
Outside of elite sport, Prof Peters works with CEOs, senior executives, students, hospital staff and patients, helping them to understand why they think and act as they do and how to manage their minds to optimise their performance at work and in their personal lives.
"It's the simplicity of his work that gives it power. If you want to master your mind, then Professor Steve Peters is the Mastermind."
"He explores ten habits and suggests ways in which we can help children (and ourselves) towards positive ones. [...] I have really enjoyed this book, finding it helpful to have our brains and reactions explained in this way and finding the terminology useful, recognising and being able to talk about having a 'Chimp hijack'."