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Professor Steve Peters


How to understand and develop children’s emotions, thinking and behaviours

How can we help our children:

  • become more resilient?
  • get over mistakes?
  • develop a positive outlook?

And, what can we do to become

better role models?

The Silent Guides Book Cover

Children usually don’t welcome their own unhelpful Chimp activity. They just don’t understand how to manage it.

…If we can distinguish between the child and the machine in their mind, this will help us to see the child’s behaviour in a different light.

Prof Steve Peters uses his Chimp Mind Management Model to help parents, teachers and carers understand the neuroscience behind unconscious beliefs and habits that may be silently guiding children’s emotions, thinking and behaviours.

The Silent Guides explores ten positive habits and many related themes taken from the children’s educational book My Hidden Chimp. Prof Steve Peters helps challenge unhelpful behaviours such as:

  • being overly self-critical
  • fear of failure
  • low self-esteem

What others say

It makes you see your child’s behaviour in a whole new light. Rather than finding my children’s tantrums truly irritating, I now take on board the fact there is a Chimp taking over their immature brains. I now have more patience and understanding when the tantrums hit. Unless, of course, I am in a busy supermarket 😉

Already a fan of Prof Steve Peters, this addition to our parenting library was a ‘must’. Easy to read, applicable and family friendly, its a must for parents, teachers, coaches and mentors, or simply oneself.

Here, the bridge between the adult and child mind is crossed with incisive background knowledge that compares the differences. Ten useful habits for children and adults alike follow, to share and develop together as a family.

If you’re a parent – read this, if you’re a teacher – read this. This book gives you so many strategies to talk, to understand and to help your child or pupil. The ideas are so easy to incorporate into the way you deal with children that you will see the benefits straight away. When my child, grandson, student tantrums I used to try really hard to find a way to work my way through what to do. Since I’ve read this book I’ve been able to turn the worst tantrum around and bring my gorgeous grandson/ daughter, student child around. As a parent, teacher, or anyone who looks after children then please read this.

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, psychologists and mentors 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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