Maxwell Maltz became famous as a writer when his book Psych-Cybernetics was published in 1960. At the time of publishing, Maltz had no idea that his book would become such a success, nor did he know that it would quickly become one of the most referenced books in the self help niche of literature even today.
Psycho-Cybernetics: A New Way to Get More Living out of Life is a book I have personally read many times. In fact I have it on Amazon’s Audiable and listen every few months just to refresh the ideas in my own head.
It’s by far one of the best self-help books ever written and people like Tony Robbins have obviously used his information extensively to create their own materials and prosper from them.
One of the reasons this book is so insightful is that firstly, it was never intended to become a “self-help” book. It was simply Maltz’s collected data and experiences of years of being a cosmetic surgeon.
What intrigued him the most wasn’t how people could get plastic surgery and afterwards feel better about themselves.
Rather it was the reverse.
What Maltz was most interested in was why someone who elected to get cosmetic surgery afterwards did not immediately feel better about themselves?
In fact, he had cases where people received the surgery, looked straight into a mirror and asked him why he hadn’t done the surgery.
Even though they were looking right into the mirror, a few patients couldn’t see any change whatsoever.
This lead to Maltz looking closer at “the inner self” and its power that it yields and how to change the way we look at it.
This is what edged Maltz to look closer at his patients to try to understand why some people were almost transformed by their surgery’s, while others had no change at all. Even denying they ever even revived the act.
Personally I feel the book is so insightful because it was written from a clinical perspective as well as a personal one. Mr. Maltz was in a unique situation in that he saw first hand how people reacted to themselves in a very transforming manner.
Unseen Scar (1946)
The Time is Now (1975)
Doctor Pygmalion: The Autobiography of a Plastic Surgeon (1953) re-marketed as Doctor Psycho-Cybernetics soon after the book Psyco-Cybernetics was published.