Getting the Yips and Getting Over them

What are the yips? BI says that they are

… something most closely associated with golfers putting and occasionally with baseball players throwing, with an athlete suddenly unable to do a basic skill he or she has done thousands or even millions of times before.

The yips are not physical, they are mental. You lose your confidence and then you lose your mind – body memory. That memory may not come back.

This is pretty scary stuff. But it also tells us something about our mind – body memory.  It is not a fixed thing. It can be altered by the mind. And if it can be altered in a negative way, it may also  be altered in a positive way. In other words, there may be something like the opposite of the yips. That the mind instills confidence in the body that enables the body to do things it couldn’t do before.. An interesting idea.

 

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