In sport psychology the state of flow is often called “being in the zone”. Flow is that internal state where time almost stops, where we meet the challenge with ease. Everything just clicks in to gear
What role does the subconscious mind play in goal driven behaviour? SImply Google “subconscious” and you’ll find a host of self help sources promising to unleash the power of the subconscious, or as Anthony Robbins puts it “Awaken the Giant Within”. “Alternative” theories of the role of the subconscious in… Read More »The power of the subconscious – fact or fiction
I owe a lot to Dave Rastovich. I have never met Dave and he’s never met me. In fact most of what I know about Dave comes from the one surfing DVD I own. And to be precise it was Dave’s Dad who inspired an idea – an idea that in part led to this blog.
Do you what it takes to be a secret agent? James Bond needs to have a high level awareness and attention. Let’s see if you make the grade. Here’s an exercise for you to do to test your awareness. Watch the video below and see how many passes the team in white makes?
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Attention is a “spotlight on experience”. The mechanism of attention decides what we bring into conscious awareness and what we do not.
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Nassim Nicholas Taleb describes his book, “The Black Swan“, as a book about confirmation bias. The black swan is very rare, and if you had never seen nor heard of a black swan you might be inclined to say that they do not exist. In an effort to make sense of the world, we create schema, or mental images of how things are (and should be). Furthermore, we tend to search for information that confirms our schema. Let’s say that my schemata for dogs is that dogs are vicious creatures liable to attack at any time, then I am probably going to attend information that confirms my prior belief. For instance, when reading the newspaper, I would attend to an article about a dog attack a small child, but ignore one about a dog saving a child from drowning. You see, attending to any information that runs counter to my dog schemata, then I would create what psychologists call “cognitive dissonance”, and dissonance creates a feeling of unease.Read More »The psychology of goal setting