©1997 W. Timothy Gallwey; (P)2007 Random House, Inc.
? did you grow up in a culture of achievement and relentless criticism
? as a child, were your shortcomings frequently judged and exposed
? as an adult, do you feel you are, at times, holding yourself back
tim gallwey was a talented tennis instructor in a well-to-do part of california
that may not sound like fertile ground for important cultural observations
but gallwey's patient scrutiny and observation lead him to new and real insights
as his tennis players "...talked to themselves..." gallwey heard 2 competing voices
voice # 1 was berating, belittling, relentlessly scolding and critical
voice # 2 stood chastened and seemed to believe it deserved the reprimand
as you might imagine, voice # 1 can get in the way of exertion and performance
gallwey gives thoughtful practical advice on how to turn voice # 1 down a bit
with that burden lifted, he found his players were able perform to their capacity
the strength of gallwey's book is its' intuitive approachable presentation
timeless truths are delivered as friendly " easy to digest " examples
as you'd expect the book is not about tennis - it's about those inner voices
An intriguing way to think about learning physical skills. Reminds me of "system 1" and "system 2", but named backwards.
Since this book has been written, Eric Franklin has published his work about the efficiency of using imagery and proprioception do unlearn poor physical and replace them with new ones. Seems to me this idea is similar, but doesn't rely on the notion of two selves for success.
I read this book because someone has used the theory to derivative a book about acting, with some success, so I wanted to read the original text.
Glad I did for that comparison, but didn't glean much that is new from it. The second set of ideas proposed, regarding performance, are simply healthy attitudes towards competition, and have long been adopted into the main stream (though still seldom practiced, lol!). So though perfectly legitimate, no longer seem new.
The techniques work if you allow yourself room for self discovery and awareness without judgement. Get out of your own way and let your innate abilities take over and the process of learning will be accelerated. What love most about this book is that it hinges on the idea that no one theory or technique is set in stone. One must use it as a guide or a tool to form their own technique that they feel comfortable with. Leave room for change, afterall as time goes on we change and so must our game....
Look, it's not that I can't relate it to life when I'm not a tennis player. I can. But it takes so much work. When the idea is to let the second self (?) I think it's called, learn in a new way, then this didn't happen for me as I found myself over thinking everything.
But maybe if you play tennis it would be different for you. I'm sure it would be.
The concepts in this book are good - basically don't let your conscious mind interfere too much with your learning - but the language used is quite difficult to understand at times.
It's also important to note that the ideas expressed in this book seemed to simply be derived from experience and may or may not have actual psychological backing.
Not that this is a bad thing, I guess it just means you need to test for yourself and see if this works.
In a perfect world this book would use simpler English and would have some sort of psychological trials or proof to back up the ideas expressed.
I would still recommend this book but only to those super serious about improving their performance in their chosen sport. It's not really for the casual reader.
Everything about this audio book is quality. If you want to win at your game, this is the shortest path to victory. Champions aren't as much better at their craft than their opponents (if at all) as much as they are better at the inner game. In all sports. I don't know how I've ever won without it, and likely used it unknowingly when I have. Winning with it is effortless (literally) and euphoric.
Read it once and since have listened to it 6-7 times so far. Well-narrated.
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