the less one thinks the happier one can be?

As mentioned in the article ‘Non cogito, ergo sum’ by Ian Leslie (Intelligent life) sometimes thinking is a bad idea. By thinking too hard players lose the fluid physical grace required to succeed. Unthinking is the ability to apply years of learning at the crucial moment by removing your thinking self from equation. Thinking too much can kill not just physical performance but mental inspiration. A fundamental paradox of human psychology is that thinking can be bad for us. When we follow our own thoughts too closely, we can lose our bearings, as our inner chatter drowns out common sense.

By allowing ourselves to listen to our(better) instincts, we can tap into a kind of compressed wisdom…To make good decisions, you need to be skilled at ignoring information.

Unthinking is not same as ignorance; you can’t think if you haven’t already thought. The unconscious minds of great artists and sportsmen are like dense rainforest, which send out spores of inspiration.

Dylan thinks that the creative impulse needs protecting from self analysis: “as you get older, you get smarter and that can hinder you…You’ve got to program your mind not to think too much”(in respect of performance anxiety). Whereas the only reliable cure for overthinking seems to be enjoyment, something that both success and analysis can dull.


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