The Inner Game of Tennis: The Classic Guide to the Mental Side of Peak Performance
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Not surprising but it seems this is the book that inspired the executive/business/personal coaching phenomenon in the 70s - but of all the self-development books I've read, this one tops them all!
It always amazes me when things I have learnt from diverse sources, even diverse g ...more
The key idea of the book is that all of us are perfect from birth to death, so only limitation to achieve full potential are self-limitation we put on ourselves by being judgmental, unfocused and egocentric. Tim illustrates this by saying that in ourselves there are 2 selves: Self 1 - teller, thinker, c ...more
Images are better than words, showing better than telling, too much instruction worse than none, and… trying often produces negative results.
The “hot streak” usually continues until he starts thinking about it and tries to maintain it; as soon as he attempts to exercise control, he loses it.
The first skill to learn is the art of letting go the human inclination to judge ourselves and our performance as either good or bad.
Judgmental labels usually lead to emotional reactions and then to ti ...more
This book isn't really about tennis, it's about wu wei. Flow. The zone. Being "unconscious." It's about silencing the inner critic, detached observation, and naturalism. I read it from the perspective of a musician, although I am not much of one anymore, and felt like there was some great wisdom there.
It's primary thrust is to help the reader learn to apply some basic principle of non-judgment and focus to thei ...more
It's a solid book and clearly worthy of its popularity. I'm sure in its original release, in the 70's, it was revolutionary.
The central tenet of the book is that we have a "self 1" that is conscious (and neurotic) and a "self 2" that is instinctual (and fully capable) and that we should reform the communication between these two selves in order to enjoy our games (and performances) more. Also ...more
El autor utiliza simple sentido común y conceptos ya explorados y definidos por la pedagogía y la filosofía, en particular por la epistemología, pero comete el gran error, el autor, de creerse "creador" de una nueva teoría que utiliza definiciones de la psicología positiva, aportando sinceramente poco a la realidad de la perso ...more
The Inner Game of Tennis is an old book I have had for some time, but never got into thoroughly, but I am glad I have now.
Timothy Gallwey was a good player, highly educated, and in the mid-seventies found no-one had written a book on the psychology of tennis. So he wrote this.
His central thesis is that there are two tennis selves, self one (which I would liken to a superego, consciously controlling and directing all aspects of shot production) a ...more
Mr Gallwey asserts that each tennis player not only is playing the external game of tennis, but an inner game where the ego is fighting against the natural player inside. He terms these two opponents as Self 1 and Self 2. Self 1 wants to be in control and suffers from competitive pride. Self 2 is the natural learner, the body that can instinc ...more
As the title of this book suggests it deals with, mainly but not entirely, with the game of tennis and what goes on inside your mind during the tennis game as opposed to the physical aspects of hitting the ball.
That is not to say that Timothy Gallwey does not give practical advice on stroke production - one chapter deals specifically with that - but rather he outlines a philosophy taken from the yogi about how to deal with mind and body during the tennis gam ...more
The state of "relaxed concentration" is the one most desired for any stressful situation in which you have to performed a ...more
The best part of this book, for me now, is the eureka when the author reaches the conclusion that "true competition is identical with true cooperation." For years I've always been a take-your-time-and-build-your-skills guy. I didn't know how competition would help me, and thus I tended to avoid competitions. The eureka moment hit me so strong that I suddenly saw all my fault in my previous years.
Here is the summary of /u/ukranner in news.ycombinator
The Usual Way:
1. Criticize or judge past behavior.
2. Tell yourself to change, instructing with verbal commands repeatedly.
3. Try hard. Make yourself do it right.
4. Critical judgement about results leading to repetition of process.
The Inner Game Way:
1. Non-judgmentally observe existing behaviour.
2. Ask yourself to change, programming with image and feel.
3. Let it happen!
4. Calm observation of results leadin
I listened to the whole thing substituting 'tennis' for 'improv' (I am a performer and teacher of improv) and I found this book to be immensely helpful. Gallwey put into his words a lot of the philosophies that ...more