You may have heard of the best-selling book, Psycho Cybernetics, by Maxwell Maltz, M.D., F.I.C.S. Today’s field of psychology considers the book to be one of the most important ever written. It’s a refreshing look at self-image and how you can change your life by re-programming the mechanism in your brain that controls your behavior – and thoughts.
Maltz’s theory in the book, is that there is a vivid distinction between the brain and the mind. With the brain being the ‘machine’ that causes you to function, and the mind being a ‘life force’ that compels you to use your brain and body to achieve goals. Which then causes you to rise to success.
“Cybernetic” is a word taken from the Greek word for ‘steersman’. Today the term is usually used to refer to how machines and animals control and communicate. For example, a computer is a sophisticated machine that organizes itself to perform a function. Maltz maintains that you can’t reduce yourself to a machine because you have the ability to know yourselves and what makes you tick.
It’s a fact that those with low self-esteem rarely rise to the top rungs of success. Unless you recognize when you’re being critical with your thinking process, the low self-image will keep plaguing you throughout your life and keep you from the success you could have had.
Understanding how your low self-image developed will help you know how to rid yourself of the negative thoughts and actions. You will then feel more accepting of yourself.
Combating a lifetime of self-criticism isn’t easy. Although, with books such as Psycho Cyberneticsm, other help available online and counselling you can overcome low self esteem using the alternative thoughts method.
Negative thoughts about yourself and your abilities are habits that are self-defeating and should be separated from who you truly are. You can learn to replace them with a better and more uplifting image of yourself.
There are many methods that can help you with your quest to improve your self-image. One method doesn’t fit all, so take your time to look over the various ways that you can begin to enjoy a more vital self-image and perhaps combine several to see which works best for you.
It won’t happen overnight. Like any bad habit, self-defeating thoughts must be dealt with every moment of every day until the bad habit is replaced. With a good habit that will improve your self-image.