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The psychological threat to the 토토커뮤니티 ego

Leo-tai and I were discussing a national competition

which we’d just watched together.

“Have you ever noticed,” he mused, “how

sometimes, even when an athlete’s performance seems

to be going really well, that it’s almost as if some sort of

stress takes hold of their entire game and everything

starts going downhill for them?”

How interesting I thought: he’s so right. Why is it

that big leads and strong advantages all seem to crumble

and disappear under pressure sometimes? No player is

immune to it; even great champions sometimes fall

victim to it. In the end, even they will admit that at one

time or another, they too have “choked.”

“So what causes it,” I asked, “and what can be done

to fight it 먹튀사이트? What about the guy in the tournament? Did

he just suddenly become afraid of losing?”

“In a way, but not exactly, because a choking

episode begins when a competitive situation threatens

the athlete’s ego,” said Leo-tai. “It’s a little like having a

fear of failure-but choking goes beyond the fear because

choking is the actual physical response that’s triggered

by the psychological threat to the ego. Choking is more

than just having a fear of failure-fear is in your head.

Choking happens when performance is actually affected

by the nervousness, stress, and worries about looking

bad if things go wrong. It’s very different from the fear

of facing a dangerous or life-threatening situation.

These are subtle distinctions, but big differences.”

“Yes,” I admitted, “but I’m not sure that I can tell

the difference.”

“Perhaps that’s because the physical symptoms

brought on are so similar. But remember that their

causes are different. Nervousness and stress in either

situation will affect an athlete’s breathing pattern to the

point where the delivery of oxygen to the brain and

muscles suffers, and he begins to feel anxiety. As an

ineffective breathing pattern kicks in, his performance

begins to suffer just when he needs his skills the most,

just when the pressure’s really on. However, choking is

actually caused by an ego that’s worried about looking

bad, not by any real or perceived danger.”

“So what could that champion have done?”

Leo-tai shook his head. “His mistake was that he let

his fear of looking bad take hold and gain momentum,

bringing on the nervousness and anxiety that caused the

actual choking reaction. What he needed to do was to

start using focused breathing, thus beginning to reduce

anxiety on the spot. As one uses focused breathing, one

is able to begin to relax. Oxygen fills the body,

reanimating the muscles and causing anxiety to subside.

Suppleness returns, bringing renewed confidence with

it. Feel the relaxation as you exhale; as you begin to

bring anxiety under control, things begin to get better

for you.”

Leo-tai switched off the TV.

“In these cases, one must use focused breathing to

help bring you back into control, back into the present,

and to allow yourself to feel the pressure subside . . . But

Daniel-san, remember: since choking springs from your

ego, it’s not enough to address the physical symptoms

alone, although it’s OK to start with them. As soon as

focused breathing begins to help, you must also take

control back from the ego.”

“Go on,” I said.

“To do this, momentarily pick a focus point in your

immediate environment and fix your eyes on it as you

continue your focused breathing. This will help shift the

focus away from yourself and to refocus on the particular

task at hand. The outside focus helps us to reduce the

ego focus-which is really what is causing all the

problems in the first place . . . Once an athlete really

understands what causes choking, he can set out to shut

it down so that he can immediately begin to refocus on

the challenge at hand, and keep it from getting worse.

Once you see choking for what it really is, you can avoid

the experience by using this strategy. Learn to leave

your ego outside of your event, or it will always end up

getting in the way.”

Remember: Performance choking is caused

by an ego that is afraid of looking bad. You must

learn to leave your ego outside of your event.


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