My Hidden Chimp: From the best-selling author of The Chimp Paradox

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My Hidden Chimp: From the best-selling author of The Chimp Paradox

My Hidden Chimp: From the best-selling author of The Chimp Paradox

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The 'problem' could be that as adults we try to thwart this powerful and sensible drive to conform with what is practical. Having said that, it's not a helpful drive if it's being overdone. So I do appreciate your frustration. Most of us get through life not by being loved or respected by everyone but by being loved and respected by our friends. If you can form a link to other parents of children that he does get on with then encouraging social activities might help him to feel part of a group to which he belongs. An adult explanation of the chimp model is given in Peters’ previous book The Chimp Paradox. The Chimp model is expressed as the human (frontal lobe, a.k.a blue brain) and the chimp (limbic system, a.k.a red brain). My Hidden Chimp goes into less depth but explains how a chimp has a very small blue blue brain so it mainly decides things with its red brain, hence calling it your chimp. The human (blue brain, “You”) is the you that you really want to be. He has avoided the obvious pitfall of just blaming his chimp and, if anything, is better at taking responsibility for his actions. 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.

One particularly interesting experience was talking about the habit of sharing. Peters presents this as our human wanting to share and our chimp not wanting to share. My son pointed out that actually he and his chimp and were in agreement that they didn’t want to share. I don’t know how common this would be but I’d tend to agree with my son that my system 2 by default (especially when I was younger) doesn’t particularly want to share. Fear of failure, procrastination, being unkind to others: what if we could help children train their brains to avoid these habits and embed more helpful ones instead? Habits such as smiling more, sharing and avoiding tantrums. According to psychiatrist Professor Steve Peters, all this is totally within our reach - it’s just a question of managing your chimp. The book tries to avoid some problems otential pitfalls, for instance explaining that your chimp is part of you so you can’t just blame it when you do something naughty. You have to make sure it behaves itself like you would with a pet. Section 2 - Habits We need to prevent our inner chimp from governing our self-worth, says Steve: “If my self esteem is on the chimp system, which is what I achieve, then if I don’t achieve everything at the right level I’m always going to have low self-esteem,” he says. Also, no amount of success will ever be enough: “The chimp will chase success but once it’s got that it will redefine it.”Sometimes it is worth going along with the feelings and allowing her to do as she wants, so that she can reassure herself that she is secure, until she decides that she wants to try for more independence. Again I would reiterate that if your daughter can see that this is a normal function of the mind that just needs some management she might see things differently. I have a nine-year-old boy who has been the subject of bully at school from two or three of his classmates - it’s been going on since September.

It might tell you that because your friend played with someone else today, they don’t like you anymore. However, if you need any support with the process or helping your child to better regulate their emotions, we’re always here to help. Emotion takes a long time to process,” says Steve. Sometimes we have to run over challenging things in our minds a few times before the chimp in us is able to accept them. Following the success of The Chimp Paradox, Professor Steve Peters released My Hidden Chimp , which explains the principle in a child-friendly way. In the episode "The Evolution Revolution", it was established that the band's music was used to communicate coded messages for A.P.E. agents.It’s liberating for both children and adults to know we’re not mad or bad, it’s just our minds need managing. And as we are unique, some people’s minds need more managing. ‘People come in and they will say to me things like, “I’m a really anxious person”,’ says Peters. ‘In scientific terms, that’s not factually true.’ He explains it like this: ‘the body and mind you’ve been put into, is prone to going towards anxiety.’ Manage your mind, and ‘you’ll find you’re not an anxious person, you’ve just got an anxious machine.’ After a very strange 18 months in the pandemic world, children may start experiencing new emotions or seeing their emotions play out differently. When I went to see him speak four years ago, most of the audience in the 1000-seater auditorium, looked as if they’d breeze through a triathlon. Lean and rangy with grey hair, now 65, Peters himself is a record holder in his age range for the 100m, 200m and 400m. He speaks fast in his soft Middlesborough accent, his teaching skills honed from years of practice. I read parts of the book with both my children. The concept of a model to represent something real is not an easy one for young children to understand. My daughter took an instinctive dislike to the chimp and said he sounded far too naughty to be living in her brain. My five-year-old thought he was great and accompanied the reading with his best chimp impressions. These clips will also help to incorporate proprioception activities, which research tells us we need to help regulate our nervous systems.

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