The Chimp Paradox - Prof Steve Peters

The Chimp Paradox

By Prof Steve Peters

  • Release Date: 2012-01-05
  • Genre: Self Help
Score: 4.5
From 504 Ratings


Do you sabotage your own happiness and success? Are you struggling to make sense of yourself? Do your emotions sometimes dictate your life?

The Chimp Paradox is an incredibly powerful mind management model that can help you become a happy, confident, healthier and more successful person. Prof Steve Peters explains the struggle that takes place within your mind and then shows how to apply this understanding to every area of your life so you can:

- Recognise how your mind is working
- Understand and manage your emotions and thoughts
- Manage yourself and become the person you would like to be

The Chimp Mind Management Model is based on scientific facts and principles, which have been simplified into a workable model for easy use. It will help you to develop yourself and give you the skills, for example, to remove anxiety, have confidence and choose your emotions. The book will do this by giving you an understanding of the way in which your mind works and how you can manage it. It will also help you to identify what is holding you back or preventing you from having a happier and more successful life.

Each chapter explains different aspects of how you function and highlights key facts for you to understand. There are also exercises for you to work with. By undertaking these exercises you will see immediate improvements in your daily living and, over time, you will develop emotional skills and practical habits that will help you to become the person that you want to be, and live the life that you want to live.


  • Life Changing

    By Costica1234
    I recommend this to anyone wanting to understand how their mind works and why sometimes we make irrational decisions. The Chimp Paradox offers a really simple and practical model to improve your life! Thank you from my heart Prof Steve Peters! ❤️
  • It changed me for the better

    By Mid01
    I am an advocate for this book! I can’t shout about it loud enough. The simplicity and flow of the reading makes it very easy to use. If you have. This book lets you see passed other people’s perceptions and negativity. If your someone who has to explain their actions, or over thinks situations then this book will begin to make you think and act in a whole different way. I now rationalize everything. Personally I think the way I handled situations before I read this book scared me. I isolated myself because I did not want to act the way I was, I knew I could not hurt anyone if I stayed by myself. I went in several anger management courses and would be ok for a few weeks. now I am able to put myself in situations and control my chimp, xx
  • Very Stimulating

    By b1narylife
    Before purchasing I saw that some reviews were stating this book is repetitive. I did not really find this to be the case but if I did find an area that wasn’t applicable to my goals I simply skimmed it. All in all this book is a power puncher and definitely worth a read. I look at my emotions differently now as well as that of others and I don’t seem to be as judgement. Buy the book and enjoy it!
  • The chimp paradox

    By Chronic Rich
    Fantastic book, would recommend this a must read.
  • Interesting insights on the mind and tips to improve

    By Dubresa
    Understanding the forces that play within oneself is what this books offers, together with the possibility to ale some practical steps to enhance life quality. The metaphors used are of great help to simplify all the areas of the brain responsible for behavioural changes and makes it easier to remember and relate
  • A must read for all teachers!

    By GMN 3
    As a teacher involved in the development of student wellbeing I was looking for a tool that students could use during their time at school and when they leave. As educators we talk a lot about lifelong learning but apart from CV building what life tools do we really give them? For me understanding the emotional part of the brain (the inner chimp) is essential for students to mature and take responsibility for their own actions. We use the teachings from this book on a whole school level and have been amazed by the benefits seen. This really is a must for all educators!!!
  • The Chimp Paradox

    By DIA strikes again
    What a fascinating insight into the human mind! I found this very easy to read, partly because it was broken down into quite short chapters, partly because the practical examples used to illustrate the concepts made it very accessible and partly because it seemed so relevant to my own situation. It didn't demand a big time commitment and I found I was applying it to everyday life, analysing other people's conversations! It covered lots of different topics such as happiness, self confidence and health and wellbeing. It has certainly helped me see life in a more positive way and to control my chimp! Highly recommended!
  • Monkey Business

    By GeneralAdz
    This book confimrs the fact that you have a chimp inside you that cannot change or be changed, but hey you can manage it. This book has been very insightful to me. The Stone of Life has been truly helpful and a very valauble tool. I highly recommend this book if you are a doubter or keep beating yourself up with no real reason to do so. I am now managing my chimp.
  • The chimp paradox

    By K8 OWS
    Awesome!! Absolutely brilliant mind management book. I am a mother of 3 who has battled with anxiety & at times depression throughout most of my adult life. Not any more, this book has shown me very simply how the mind works and has helped me understand that many of my worries are truly unfounded but quite normal because of how the mind works. It has been written so that anyone can read it & be helped by it. I have bought it for everyone in my family, even my 14 yr old daughter has put many of her dysfunctional thoughts to rest after reading this book. If I could shake the authors hand right now, I'd fear I'd shake his hand off, as I cannot thank him enough for this masterpiece.
  • The chimp paradox

    By DoddyT
    Wish I had read this book years ago. It would have saved a lot of worry and stress. I am going to buy the hard copy too so that I can encourage my family to read it. Very very enlightening. I don't normally write reviews.