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complete guide to effective thinking and mind power




can provide satisfaction or hardships equally, depending on how we make use of
our inner forces. We possess a natural,
subconscious achieving machinery, but whether we accomplish
difficulties or success depends on how we instruct and train this 
internal mechanism. 

book examines the modern research into human thinking and the subconscious
forces that manufacture our destiny, and then puts this research into a
practical framework to help you restructure your thinking – in order to live
more effectively, achieve more, and enjoy a more satisfying lifestyle 

Principles (Ch 1) explain life as it really is, without
mysticism, and the mechanisms responsible for your failures or successes.
This is followed by the Main Strategy to deal with
difficulties (Ch 2) and techniques to develop and use Mind Power (Ch 3).
Ch 4, Living a Complete Life, examines our life components such as career,
family, finances, etc, and goals for improving these. A final chapter gives a
case study depicting practical usage of all techniques. 

book explains complex human thinking and behaviour in plain language and arms
you with practical and scientifically sound
methods to help you improve your living, your health, and your
satisfaction with life.

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Format: A5 Paperback

Number of pages:293

Genre: Non Fiction/Self Help

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Hugo Rodriguez


Imprint: Poseidon

Publisher: Poseidon Books
Date Published:  2006

Language: English


the Author


Hugo Rodriguez is a Consultant
Psychologist with a career-long ambition; to integrate the precepts of Mind
Power into standard Psychological practice.

To this end he followed his postgraduate Honours degree in Psychology ( University of New South Wales ) with research into Effective Thinking at Macquarie University , and for several years he conducted Mind Power seminars throughout Sydney

A fervent advocate of pragmatism and simplicity, he strived to remove
mysticism from the science of psychology and generated a down to earth
philosophical framework that incorporates findings from quantum theory and
advanced evolutionary theory – a truly innovative approach. 
This resulted in a methodology, based on these advances, to treat
psychological conditions, which he implemented during his twenty-three years
practice in clinical, child and family, forensic, and workers’ rehabilitation

A major contribution of his approach is the practical application of the
power of the subconscious to assist the general population generate success and
life satisfaction, as well as treating mental disorders. 

a sample of the book:



This book is a journey of discovery into the very
purpose of life, and into the role that thinking plays in our lives. It will
make you aware of the forces that exist within you, and how these forces
manufacture your destiny; the thinking processes that are responsible for your
daily successes and failures; the power of your subconscious; and the
psychological phenomena that make you think, feel and strive.

Effective Thinking

examines the modern research into human thinking and behavior and then puts this
research into a practical framework to help you restructure your thinking – in
order to live more effectively, achieve more, and enjoy a more satisfying

The fourteen principles of Effective Thinking, explained in Chapter 1,
are the basic rules that govern our functioning as humans, and they allow us to
understand the mechanisms responsible for everything we do – from making a cup
of tea through to developing a successful career. When we violate these
principles, we are effectively manufacturing our own problems. Conversely, when
we learn to use them to our advantage, we start to live more effectively,
optimizing our chances of succeeding and becoming more satisfied with our lives.

The theory behind Effective Thinking is essentially that we possess a
natural subconscious achieving machinery, whose primary function is to direct us
towards accomplishing goals. Left to its own devices, it may well be working
towards detrimental and negative objectives. But we can learn to consciously
instruct our subconscious mind, in order to attain desirable and beneficial
objectives instead. This way we enhance our ability to get what we need, and
avoid directing our inner power towards attracting difficulties, failure, or

Life can provide satisfaction or hardships equally, depending on the type
of ‘vibes’ we emit into our environment, and how we make use of our inner

‘Learning to live effectively,’ is equivalent to, ‘Learning to
think effectively’ and it is inevitable that in order to be happy we need to
think appropriately. The inescapable reality is that faulty thinking can attract
misfortunes, but effective thinking can create opportunities.     
The principles of Effective Thinking compel us to acknowledge that what
we get out of life is what we put into our own mind, through our thinking. If we
fail to recognize this, we are ignoring the very means for happiness and

Learning to think effectively requires that we look at the big picture of
life to define the general context in which our existence takes place and
develops. We also need to recognize our very reason for existing, and the
motives underlying this. The Effective Thinking model addresses these issues
comprehensively, centering on our role as a human being, and explaining why we
feel and live the way we do. It offers explanations of the forces that dominate
circumstances and events in our lives, the foundations of happiness and
distress, the need for goals, why we think, and why we strive for success.

Thinking effectively is not the same thing as thinking intelligently, and
effective decision-making is not equivalent to rational thinking. In order to
develop appropriate thinking strategies, we need to learn about the connection
between what we think rationally and what we feel subconsciously, and make
effective use of our gut feelings.

Success and happiness are more closely related to smart thinking
than to intelligent thinking. This difference becomes apparent when we look at
the meaning of being smart, compared to being intelligent. Being intelligent
primarily means being able to comprehend and understand, as well as profit from
experience; it is particularly useful for quick or complex learning. Being
smart, in contrast, is showing mental alertness based on practical calculation
and resourcefulness. An intelligent person may learn complex tasks quickly and
effectively, but this ability would be rendered useless if not applied in a
calculated manner to gain benefits resourcefully. A mathematical genius will
excel in computations and calculus, but he may struggle to win the heart of a
beautiful woman; a less intelligent man, endowed with wits and practical
thinking, may find wooing easier.

The Effective Thinking model recognizes that intelligence does not play a
chief role in life successes or in personal satisfaction – but practicality
and smart thinking do. Smart thinking means learning to train and instruct our
inner natural achieving machinery, rather than relying on
effort or direct action.

You can compare our rational thinking to an army general giving
instructions to the troops, who are the real executers of the strategies and
actions. Without the soldiers, the general has no way to engage in battle; and
even with a full army in operation, the general is still dependent on the state
of the army. To be victorious, the general relies on efficiency,
resourcefulness, and smart strategies, and he or she tries to achieve this by
preparing, training and equipping the army properly to carry out the planned
strategies. Likewise, to be efficient and successful, we rely on
preparing, training, and equipping our internal subconscious forces, our inner
army in charge of carrying out the strategies leading to achieving success. If
we want to be successful and satisfied, we have no option but to rely on this
subconscious army, and the Effective Thinking model has been designed to
optimize our ability to give the subconscious machinery the best possible
instructions. This way we can direct its power and resourcefulness towards what
we want – towards what is most beneficial for us – and away from what we
dislike and from what is harmful for us.

The Effective Thinking model considers intelligence as an evolutionary
strategy, not so very different from other adaptational strategies such as
evolving wings to fly, camouflage to hide, or poison to kill. Humans do not have
a monopoly on intelligent behavior – intelligent actions are observed in many
species – but we have developed and adopted it as our main evolutionary

Intelligence can be defined as, ‘the capacity to think rationally, act
with purpose, and adapt successfully to the environment.’ Intelligence is the
sum of the many elements of behavior it encompasses, including the ability to
comprehend, to profit from experience, to have a good sense of judgment, to
think with logic, and to possess the quality of being determined to achieve
specific objectives. You will notice that in our definition of intelligence, the
only element that separates us from other species is the ability to think
rationally; this is simply an area where we have evolved further than other
species. All the other attributes are shared by many (arguably all) living
organisms. It is clear from this definition that intelligence would be a very
poor strategic skill without the capacity to act with purpose, and more
importantly, without being determined to achieve what is necessary to live
competitively. That is why it is crucial that we learn to act smartly rather
than just intelligently.

Our existence, however, for good or bad, is intimately connected to our
ability to think abstractly and rationally – it is therefore important that we
understand the principles that govern these processes, so we can make proper use
of them.

In order to implement effective thinking habits, it is helpful to
understand the evolutionary role of intelligence, and how our supremacy as a
species came to totally depend on our intellect. This will give you insight into
your role as a member of the human race, and the contribution that you make to
the evolution of humankind. The Effective Thinking model addresses our
responsibility to make proper use of our cognitive or intellectual skills in
some depth, because our very survival as a species depends on it.



and practicality

When attempting to understand something
complex, there is nothing more helpful and attractive than simple things that
work. The Effective Thinking model has been designed with this in mind, and it
aims to present complex human thinking and behavior in plain language, and then
provide simple, effective techniques so you can easily modify your own thinking
and behavior. It is an attempt to provide the general public with knowledge from
psychology that can actually be used in everyday life.

Early models of thinking and the subconscious, pioneered in the late
nineteenth and early twentieth century by Sigmund Freud and his contemporaries,
were particularly confusing and little understood. They were based on the
assumption that mental or emotional disturbances were due to repressed
instinctive forces, mostly of the sexual kind. The relevant therapeutic
approach, psychoanalysis, was conducted in a manner that to the uninitiated
appeared to be mysterious interpretations of the even more mystifying phenomena
of the psyche.

The practice of psychology became less obscure and more pragmatic with
time; with the Skinnerian revolution, taking its name from the founder of
behaviorism, B F Skinner, and the works of Ivan Pavlov, the pioneer on studies
of reflex responses, the field entered a new, more down-to-earth phase. And this
opened the door for psychology as a science, relying on research,
experimentation, and statistical analysis.

As the science of psychology progressed, behaviorism and operant
conditioning unveiled the precise laws of reward and punishment that constantly
reinforce our responses and govern our behaviors, and these findings were later
integrated into a more general model which also took into account our cognitions
and interpretations. This approach produced the now widely accepted premise that
what governs our feelings and our actions – and what ultimately manufactures
our existence – is how our thoughts act upon our innate learning mechanisms.
Thus the cognitive-behavioral method was born, and with it, the notion that our
actions, which lead to our successes, lifestyles, mental health, even
personality, are constantly shaped by our interpretations of reality –
by the thoughts we ‘choose’ to think.

The Effective Thinking model is an attempt to take the cognitive-behavioral
approach one step further, by incorporating the latest advances in research and
experimentation and providing practical, simple methods to improve our lives.


We can choose to make things very
simple or very complex for ourselves, depending on how we approach situations.
Consider this analogy: assume that you are asked a very simple question, “How
do you get 4?”

A practical, easy, straightforward answer would be, “Just add 2 and
2.” But you can, if you want, make things a bit more difficult, and answer,
“1+1+1+1”, or you can make it utterly difficult and decide that 4 is the
result of “{[(.022 × 45) + (.01786 × 56)] + [(2/32) + (.9375)] +

All these calculations yield exactly the same result, but how you decide
to answer can make your task either extremely simple or extremely complicated.
When dealing with life events, a similar principle applies. We can be practical
in our way of looking at things, or we can be cumbersome and unduly complicate
things. Effective Thinking can help you make living less complicated and thus
more enjoyable.



Thinking is a complete guide to living effectively

Previous efforts in cognitive
psychology have emphasized the role of rational thinking and were based on the
assumption that disputing or controlling irrational beliefs leads to more
effective self-control and better living. These concepts were at the core of
what became known as Rational Therapy. The reasoning behind this approach was
that if we can learn to replace faulty or ‘irrational’ interpretations of
reality with more rational ones, we will develop thinking habits that make us
feel better, strengthen our self-esteem, and enable us to deal more efficiently
with stress or worry.

During Rational Therapy, the client is encouraged to identify, confront
and challenge their faulty thoughts and interpretations, replacing these with
more rational ones. For example the thought, “I am a failure,” could be
challenged by asking yourself, “Where is the proof that I am a failure?” and
perhaps re-interpreting this feeling in a more positive and realistic way, such
as, “I am good at most of the things I do.”

Training the mind this way can be quite difficult, because it requires
sustained introspection and analysis, which many clients are either not able or
not willing to do. They sometimes object that it is rather tedious
their thoughts and trying to figure out better ways to
rationalize. Clients introduced to this approach tend to lose interest and
become unmotivated after a short period, so Rational Therapy is not suitable for
everyone – only those with a predisposition to examine and evaluate

The Effective Thinking model is easier to use, because it requires
considerably less analysis. The strategies it introduces to avoid or counteract
faulty thinking make it a more practical and less cumbersome method.


The Effective Thinking model also
reaches far beyond cognitive-behavioral psychology in that it aims to access the
power of our subconscious mind. It allows us to use our total cognitive capacity
because it includes strategies to understand and use processes beyond the
threshold of our conscious perception, which can only be reached indirectly.
These very powerful subliminal techniques are an essential ingredient in
achieving and developing life satisfaction.


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