Home Boys' Lists Girls' Lists Men's Teams Women's Teams News Photos Contributors Links Help Sign-UpOnline Store
Latest News | Categories | Authors | News Archives
 
 

News & Features

Player Advice
Mullins: Don't Think You're The Very Best or The Very Worst
Share:    

Did you know that most people believe themselves to be better looking, funnier and a more skilled driver than the average person?

Dave Mullins

This belief, called Illusory Superiority (IS), is defined as a condition of cognitive bias where a person overestimates their own qualities and abilities in relation to the same qualities and abilities of other persons. Illusory Inferiority (II) would be the opposite, where a person underestimates their own qualities and abilities. Pretty much every tennis player I have ever coached falls into one of these two categories. The outlier was the player who had a good grasp of reality! Why is it that most tennis players, including myself, would be at one end of this spectrum or the other? Here's my take on why so many players fall into these extremes.

The players who suffer from IS were the ones that could never really take personal responsibility for a poor performance or loss. They would be very creative with their excuses and could be quite convincing. One reason they may have developed this habit was as a protection mechanism to deal with parents who likely suffered from the Dunning-Kruger effect:

This Article Requires Free Registration
 
Please log in to access exclusive TennisRecruiting.net content.
LOG IN
NOT REGISTERED?
Register Now For Free!
  • Content Updated Daily
  • Complete Rank Lists
  • Exclusive Articles
  • Recruit Interviews
It's Quick, Easy, and Free!
 

 
 TENNIS WAREHOUSE PRODUCT REVIEW
 
Wilson Ultra 95 Countervail Tennis Racquet Review
 
To purchase this product or for a much more detailed written review, Click Here!
 
RECENT COMMITMENTS
6/18 Naya Tillitt chooses Utah State
6/18 Angela Diez Plagaro chooses Stetson
6/18 Noa Cohen chooses Stetson
6/18 Anessa Lee chooses Vanderbilt
6/17 Claire Marlowe chooses Illinois Tech
6/17 Andre Torres chooses Illinois Tech
6/17 Laurentiu Mandocescu chooses Youngstown State
6/16 Ian Walton chooses Indiana East
6/16 Jessica Le Mair chooses Hollins
6/14 Sean Gelski chooses Loras

Full Listings: Boys' Commits & Girls' Commits

 
 WTA GEAR - SHOES
  Eugenie Bouchard
 
Nike Air Zoom Vapor X White/Grey Women's Shoe
Sale: $159.95
Review, Feedback, Video
 
  Daria Gavrilova
 
Asics Solution Speed FF Pink/Navy Blue Women's Shoes
Sale: $83.94
Review, Feedback, Video
 
  Caroline Garcia
 
Nike Air Zoom Vapor X Fuchsia/Black Women's Shoe
Sale: $105.00
Review, Feedback, Video
 
  Venus Williams
 
Nike Air Zoom Vapor X Clay Rose Gold Women's Shoe
Sale: $105.00
Feedback
 
 
 

Page updated on Monday, June 17, 2019
Contact our web team with any corrections