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My Hidden Chimp: From the best-selling author of The Chimp Paradox

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If she's left with a relative for example, which doesn't happen that often, she will worry about what time she's being collected and will get really anxious if plans change at the last minute. Messages with such content will not receive a response and your use of this service will be terminated if you use content that violates our zero tolerance policy.

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What sets the book apart from other self-help or mind development books in the market, however, is that Peters’ model has been proven to work. And just think of what we witness daily on social media, Twitter being the ultimate Chimp-provocation system. As bestselling author of The Chimp Paradox, Peters puts forward the idea that there is a separate primitive part of your brain, the Limbic area – the ‘Chimp’ or emotional part of the brain as he terms it - which can often work in direct conflict with the more rational part of the brain which makes us human – the Frontal area (Pre-frontal cortex). I bought My Hidden Chimp to support my daughter's development through early teen years - maybe a bit late if you take the age rating give, but definitely helped her understand some of the teenage turmoil she was experiencing.

The importance of the Human part of the brain (the frontal lobe) is evidenced by what happens when it stops working properly.Elizabeth has branched out to non-fiction since graduating and particularly enjoys books relating to mindfulness, self-improvement, history, and philosophy.

According to Peters, we all have an inner Chimp, which inhabits the limbic system of the human brain. Early years staff and parents are advised that being the human to a child's chimp is key for the adult with them. I really recommend AnxietyUK to everyone- they also have fantastic group resources and I think it's really really helpful, especially if you can't afford private therapy and the wait lists in your area are too long. Address your Chimp’s complaints so that you can put them to bed and “box up” your Chimp, constraining it safely away. By explaining the developing 'chimp' brain in children, the science behind habits such as 'Saying Sorry' is discussed with activities which children can do with adult guidance.

If we consider the brain as a machine that can function in different ways, a valid question could be ‘can we develop the ability or skill to manage our brain, and make it work for us in the way that we want it to, all of the time? You now have the opportunity to deal with it in a measured way - Human style – using facts, truth and logic, to continue calming it and addressing its fears and concerns. The more insecure your Chimp feels, the less trusting it becomes, and in uncomfortable situations, it can easily interpret harmless situations as dangerous—for example, it might hear offhand comments and assume they’re insults. This could be read alongside an adult or read independently but should form the focus of a discussion and be part of an on-going focus on emotions and behaviour regulation.

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