Maxwell Maltz: The Greatest Self-Improvement Expert You’ve Never Heard Of

July 17, 2020

Maxwell Maltz. It’s a name that people today aren’t all that familiar with. Despite the surge in popularity in the self-help genre over the last decade, Maxwell Maltz and his book, Psycho-Cybernetics, is hardly a household name like other classics such as Think and Grow Rich or the 7 Habits of Highly Successful.

Perhaps it’s the unusual title? Maybe it was just too ahead of his time? Whatever it is, this self-improvement book is one that shouldn’t be missed.

Maxwell Maltz & His Book Psycho-Cybernetics

In Psycho-Cybernetics, Maxwell Maltz leverages his background as a plastic surgeon to make a bold assertion which is that how we see ourselves changes everything. After spending years fixing people’s noses, chins, and other body parts — Maltz realized that people’s self-esteem was tied closer to their psychology and their perceptions than it was the reality of their appearance.

He was able to arrive at this conclusion after noticing that many surgeries failed to erase the notion in his patients’ minds that their nose was too big or that their ears were too wide or whatever surgery they might have just been completed. It was this revelation that led him down the path of human psychology and studying the value and importance of a healthy self-image.

Seeing Yourself Differently According to Maxwell Maltz

In the book, Maltz goes so far as to say, “the most important psychologic discovery of this century is the discovery of the “self-image.”

In his opinion, once we’re able to upgrade how we see ourselves and align with the view our Creator has of us, the improvement of the other areas of our life is inevitable. It’s a simple, but fascinating fact which is why Maxwell Maltz and his book, Psycho-Cybernetics, gets our full LearnStash approval.

Fast Facts

Born 10 March 1899, Manhattan, New York City
Died  Apri 7, 1975 (aged 76)
Nationality American
Education Doctor of Medicine
Best Known For Psycho-Cybernetics

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Tyler Speegle

Husband, blogger and serious coffee drinker. Passionate about helping others understand how to live relationally with God and escape a life of dry, mechanical religion so that they can live out their God given purpose.