• Designing the Mind

  • The Principles of Psychitecture
  • By: Ryan A. Bush
  • Narrated by: Steve Conley
  • Length: 5 hrs and 54 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (235 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The Instant Cult Classic from the Creator of The Book of Self Mastery

A bold and fascinating dive into the nuts and bolts of psychological evolution, Designing the Mind: The Principles of Psychitecture is part philosophical manifesto, part practical self-development guide, all based on the teachings of legendary thinkers like Marcus Aurelius, Lao Tzu, Friedrich Nietzsche, and Abraham Maslow. The ideas and techniques it offers are all integrated into a vital theory for helping individuals scale the heights of self-mastery and lead great lives.

This visionary guide argues that the mind can be compared to software, made up of many interwoven algorithms which were originally programmed by natural selection. Though most never learn to alter their default programming, it is possible to rewire cognitive biases, change ingrained habits, and transform emotional reactions. The process of psychitecture enables you to unplug from your own mind, identify its underlying patterns, and become the architect of your own enlightenment.

Simultaneously ancient and futuristic, Designing the Mind defies categorization, masterfully linking mindfulness to transhumanism, evolutionary psychology to Stoicism, and neuroscience to Buddhism. It frames the ideas of ancient sages as open-source code for the mind, putting forth a new, rational vision of spiritual enlightenment centered around gradual self-optimization.

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Critic Reviews

"A fascinating framework." (Scott Barry Kaufman, PhD, author of Transcend: The New Science of Self-Actualization)

"It has already changed my life, and I know it will change others as well." (Aaron T. Perkins, executive leadership coach)

"Super intriguing." (Jason Silva, global keynote speaker and Emmy-nominated host of Brain Games

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Disappointed

Tons of quotes from others, no methods. At the end he asking for you to come over to his website for what I can only imagine is to purchase something else.

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The narration was robotic. The writing was unnecessarily complicated. I really wanted more but this wasn't it.

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interesting book but the narration was robotic

narration sounds robotic, couldn't get past the voice. purchased physical book and very pleased! yep

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Stopped 3 minutes in - I can not tolerate the narration.

I wanted to enjoy this book, but the narration is so disjointed and disharmonious. I’ll give it another shot if they choose a different narrator.

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don't be fooled by the beginning

the whole thing is designed to make you question yourself.. so don't stop halfway. finish

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Material is good. Delivery is a little flat.

None of the ideas in this book are entirely new. They are, however, important. I think of this as a collection of stoic philosophies and life hacks to improving your emotional regulation. So yeah, it’s a good read.

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This is a Great Book!

¡Wow! I can't say how much I love this book and how well it brought together so many aspects that I am already pursuing on my own but not in a comprehensive form such as this. I plan on using this book to help me design my mind and I'm grateful to the author a narrator for presenting this to the world!

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Most interesting and life changing

This book was amazing it helped me realized all I was doing without even knowing the life I’m creating for myself I don’t want this and change is possible and I will not stand in my way anymore! This book is the
Second best next to the Bible! Thank you to the author seriously you keep it 100. And put a lot of things into prospective for me !

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A book worth reading 50 times

I feel like I can't give a full review, this book had so much useful knowledge that I have to read it again and apply what it says for the rest of my life. you can start immediately and others have since a difference in the week that I read it. Give it to a loved one and see each other flourish!

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This book does not disappoint

One of the best books I ever read. I completely agree with everything in this book, it is a big help and a confirmation for anyone who is on the path of self mastery. The author put a lot of thought into this one and organized it beautifully.

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  • 08-17-21

Really thoughtful

I would listen to this again (and again). I definitely recommend it. a mixture of stoicism, Terence McKenna and a hint of Derren Brown. my three favourite things

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-23-21

exceptionally good

This book is literally changing my life! Amazing system, I keep going back to certain sections so I can improve my self mastery