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The Silent Guides

Professor Steve Peters


Understanding and developing the mind throughout life
The Silent Guides is a companion book to My Hidden Chimp. These two books tackle how we can best manage our mind from childhood to adulthood.
The book explores some neuroscience and psychological factors of the developing mind. Exploring topics such as; unconscious thinking, behaviours and habit formation; in an easy to understand way. It then offers practical ideas for the reader, using the 10 habits from My Hidden Chimp as examples.

The science behind the habits is discussed in a practical way with exercises and activities. The neuroscience of the mind is simplified for children to understand and then use to their advantage.

What are The Silent Guides?

During our childhood, we learn to manage our emotions by developing coping strategies. These strategies, whether helpful or unhelpful, often progress into habits for life – our Silent Guides.
Helpful habits can give many advantages in life. Unhelpful habits that persist into adult life usually bring stress. These habits can be detrimental to our day to- day functioning, psychological health and relationships

Professor Steve Peters is a Consultant Psychiatrist who specialises in the functioning of the human mind. His work, past and present, in the field of psychiatry and education includes: the National Health Service (NHS) for over 20 years; Clinical Director of Mental Health Services; Clinical Director at Bassetlaw Hospital; Forensic Psychiatrist at Rampton; Senior Clinical Lecturer of Medicine at Sheffield University for over 20 years; Undergraduate Dean at Sheffield University for over 10 years; and visiting Professor at Derby University. He holds degrees, higher degrees and postgraduate qualifications in medicine, mathematics, education, medical education, sports medicine and psychiatry.

The Silent Guides Has Two Themes

To offer ideas and support to parents, teachers or carers that could help children to form healthy and constructive habits. Preventing unhealthy or destructive habits from developing.

To help adults consider and understand where some of their unhealthy or destructive learnt behaviours and beliefs might have come from. Then offer ways to replace them with healthy and constructive behaviours and beliefs.

Helpful and Unhelpful Thinking

The book addresses some common unhelpful thoughts and behaviours we can change. It then offers helpful thoughts and behaviours that we can learn.

Unhelpful Thinking

Examples of unhelpful thinking, behaviours and habits include:

• Being overly self-critical
• Fear of failure and unforgiving perfectionism
• Worrying excessively or overreacting to situations
• Procrastinating
• Living with low self-esteem

Helpful Thinking

Examples of helpful thinking, behaviours and habits include:
• Getting over mistakes
 • Developing a positive outlook
 • Being able to talk through your feelings
 • Seeking appropriate help
 • Being proactive
 • Smiling

Video: Steve Peters introduces The Silent Guides

My Hidden Chimp is an educational book for children to work through with an adult or by themselves. The book offers parents, teachers and carers some ideas and thoughts on how to help children to develop healthy habits for life. 

The science behind the habits is discussed in a practical way with exercises and activities. The neuroscience of the mind is simplified for children to understand and then use to their advantage.

About Chimp Management

Chimp Management was set up by Professor Steve Peters in order to respond to the numerous requests he was receiving for help in understanding and using The Chimp Model.

Steve and his experienced team of doctors and psychologists specialise in helping others be the best they can be and achieve psychological well-being. The Model helps people working in all walks of life including public services, the corporate sector, education, health and the world of sport.  Their daily work is helping clients to get the best out of themselves and others, using The Chimp Model.

Our aim is to help educate and assist anyone who would like to further develop their chimp management skills. 

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