Maxwell Maltz (March 10, 1899 – April 7, 1975) was an American cosmetic surgeon and author of Psycho-Cybernetics (1960), which was a system of ideas that he claimed could improve one's self-image. In turn, the person would lead a more successful and fulfilling life. He wrote several books, among which Psycho-Cybernetics was a long-time bestseller — influencing many subsequent self-help teachers. His orientation towards a system of ideas that would provide self-help is considered the forerunner of the now popular self-help books.
In 1923, Maltz graduated with a doctorate in medicine from the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons.
In 1960, Psycho-Cybernetics: A New Way to Get More Living out of Life was first published by Prentice-Hall and appeared in a pocket book edition by 1969. The book introduced Maltz's views where a person must have an accurate and positive view of him- or herself before setting goals; otherwise he or she will get stuck in a continuing pattern of limiting beliefs. His ideas focus on visualizing one's goals and he believes that self-image is the cornerstone of all the changes that take place in a person. According to Maltz, if one's self-image is unhealthy or faulty — all of his or her efforts will end in failure.
Maltz also wrote fiction, including a play called Unseen Scar (1946) and a novel, The Time is Now (1975). His autobiography, Doctor Pygmalion: The Autobiography of a Plastic Surgeon (1953), was popular and influential, being discussed in many subsequent books on body and identity. It was re-titled Doctor Psycho-Cybernetics after his self-help work was published.
Although the book Psycho-Cybernetics was first published in 1960, as of 2008 the book is one of 50 recommended in the book 50 Self-Help Classics.
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- ^ Manz, Charles. Emotional Discipline. Berrett-Koehler Publishers. http://books.google.com/books?id=txWxbf4xKssC&pg=PA115&dq=Maxwell+Maltz&lr=&ei=npYhSej9MYX6kgTdnunxCA. Retrieved 2008-11-17.
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- ^ Lynn Bridgers, James W. Fowler. Contemporary Varieties of Religious Experience. Rowman & Littlefield. http://books.google.com/books?id=sL0i8rVXMNoC&pg=PA97&dq=Maxwell+Maltz&lr=&ei=v5whSc27BpO2kwSZ_MDiCA. Retrieved 2008-11-17.
- ^ Maltz, Maxwell (1946). Unseen Scar: A New Play. New York: Hart Stenographic Bureau. OCLC 44450040.
- ^ Maltz, Maxwell (1975). The Time is Now. New York: Simon and Schuster. ISBN 0-671-21859-X. OCLC 1009493.
- ^ Maltz, Maxwell (1953). Doctor Pygmalion: The Autobiography of a Plastic Surgeon. New York: Crowell. OCLC 14656784.
- ^ D. H. J. Morgan, et al.. Gender, Bodies and Work. Ashgate Publishing. http://books.google.com/books?id=4_aLPBRjv8wC&pg=PA152&dq=Maxwell+Maltz&lr=&ei=rJkhSfTYCZu8M7afzMUI. Retrieved 2008-11-17.
- ^ Davis, Kathy. Dubious Equalities and Embodied Differences. Rowman & Littlefield. http://books.google.com/books?id=8Q8rE-PwcIIC&pg=PA46&dq=Maxwell+Maltz&lr=&ei=rJkhSfTYCZu8M7afzMUI. Retrieved 2008-11-17.
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