December 22, 2010 10:07 AM Subscribe
What is self-fulfilling failure called?
posted by nzero to sports, hobbies, & recreation (20 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
I do this thing sometimes where I'm doing really well at something (e.g. chess problems, blitz chess games, any reflexive quick response type activity), I realize I'm doing really well, and then immediately start failing, hard. It's extremely frustrating, and I'd like to stop. I mentioned it to a friend I study chess with and he had experienced something similar. We haven't been able to find a name for it, but he thinks it might be a well known phenomenon in sports. Any idea what I'm talking about, and if so, what it might be called?
I've also given thought to the possibility that I'm doing some sort of confirmation bias where I'm misinterpreting a string of unlikely successes as the norm and then being surprised when failure starts to pull me back towards an average success level and then interpreting that as a mental issue, rather than just a normal situation. I also realize I may be over-thinking this.