This book was a real eye-opener for me. Not exactly life-changing, but it certainly put my mind on a new track. The idea behind this book is that we all have three brains. A human brain, a computer /data brain and a chimp brain. The chimp brain is very emotional, defensive, territorial has strong desires and often takes over. It’s your chimp brain that keeps you in bed in the morning when you know you should get up, or makes you have that cream cake when you know you shouldn’t!
The book deals with how to recognise when your chimp brain is raising it’s head and how to manage it. Apparently the chimp brain is 10 times stronger than the human brain, and if you have gremlins embedded that you are up for a real battle.
So, as an experiment, I have been writing a “chimp journal” for the last two weeks before I go to bed. Writing my notes down about when my chimp has made an appearance that me (the human) does not approve of during the working day. Something about writing it down makes it register better and you can start to train your chimp. I am sure my work colleagues think I am mad, as I keep saying “that’s my chimp talking!!”.
Anyway, a great book and worth a read to explore how your brain works.
If you would like a short version of this book, then click here.