1. the science of communications and automatic control systems in both machines and living things.
To put it plainly, a cybernetic mechanism knows how to correct its course to maintain the levels where it was set. It is said that a rocket “fails” its way to the moon. The rocket continually and predictably moves off course before its cybernetic mechanism corrects and brings it back on course.
This is the same way that an autopilot works in an airplane, or how the thermostat works in your home. If your thermostat is set to 70 degrees and someone leaves a door open in the dead of winter or heat of summer, your thermostat will engage its cybernetic mechanism to bring the temperature back to 70 degrees.
Our mind is also a cybernetic mechanism.
We are enslaved by our subconscious paradigm.
A paradigm is nothing more than a multitude of habits that are impressed on our subconscious mind.
A habit can be defined as an idea that is fixed in the SUBCONSCIOUS mind that you act on without any CONSCIOUS thought.
And it is our actions that produce our results.
If you want to get technical, it is our ACTIONS that cause a REACTION and the reaction alters the conditions, circumstance, and environment in our lives.
When we operate outside of our subconscious habits by introducing a new idea or action through conscious thought, our body is put into an uncomfortable or unhappy state.
For instance, how many times have you or someone you know started a new diet and obtained great results temporarily? Perhaps you lost 10, 20, or even 30 pounds just to put it all back on again.
Our subconscious mind is a cybernetic mechanism and if we see ourselves in an overweight image, our body will always course correct back to where your mind has put the image of itself.
Just like the thermostat in your house will always course correct back to where it has been programmed to be.
Nobody knew this better than Dr. Maxwell Maltz, the author of the book Psychocybernetics.
Dr. Maltz was a cosmetic surgeon in the 1950’s who observed that sometimes when he would make modifications to a patient, like removing a scar from their face or a bump from their nose, that individual would immediately see permanent change in their lives and seemingly be a totally different person.
But sometimes the person wouldn’t see any change in their lives.
Sometimes they even became more unhappy than they were before the procedure.
This caused Dr. Maltz to speculate that we must have two images.
The one that we show and present to the world, and the one that we hold within ourselves.
This was considered by many to be the most significant psychological discovery of his generation.
Through the work that Dr. Maltz did in his research for Psychocybernetics we have learned with scientific accuracy the important of self image and the key that it holds to our lives.
We must remember that many of us have spent decades creating a self image of ourselves that we don’t even like.
Therefore the work to undo decades of imprinting and impressing on our subconscious minds cannot be expected to change overnight.
There are only two known ways to shift our subconscious mind, through SHOCK or REPETITION.
Shock too often comes with a multitude of other issues that are undesired, therefore, our most effective method of impressing a new image upon our subconscious mind is through repetition.
We have to create a clear image in our minds of who we WANT to be; how we want to be seen and viewed by others.
What traits do we want to include in our new self image?
How do we dress and style our hair?
Perhaps you have a mentor, speaker, actor, or even fictional character that you admire traits from.
I’m not encouraging you to be fake or pretend to be someone else. Find the traits and looks that you WANT to portray and literally BECOME it.
I am not who I think I am.
I am not who you think I am.
I am who you think I think I am.
Wordy, but you have to remember that others will see the change in your self image before you may physically see it in yourself.
This change can be uncomfortable.
It is likely to make you feel self-conscious and perhaps even have a case of imposter syndrome. These feelings are completely natural. This is a terror barrier.
When you have spent your entire life viewing yourself as an ‘x’ type person and introduce a ‘y’ type image of yourself, your body and ego will almost always fight you in an attempt to course correct back to where it has been programmed.
This is where you get to exploit the power of repetition and utilize the real secrets of psychocybernetics.
When you have a CLEAR picture of who you want to be and you make the DECISION to be that person, you are making the conscious choice to impress that image upon your subconscious mind.
Our conscious mind has sensory factors: see, hear, smell, taste, and touch.
Our subconscious mind has none of these things.
Therefore, your subconscious mind does not have the ability to reject any information impressed onto it.
Over time, as the ‘y’ idea is continually acted upon and grows stronger, the ‘x’ type paradigm begins to shift, allowing this new self image to become the new programming.
With a new program in your mind, you will always course correct to the image that you WANT to hold of yourself.
And that is the power of psychocybernetics.
Do you struggle with self image?
Do you know that you want more for yourself, but don’t know how to get it?
Are you tired of getting the same results year after year?
Don’t ever hesitate to reach out and talk. I can help. This information is as profound today as it was when Dr. Maltz first published Psychocybernetics.