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Originally Posted by tetonpwdrjunkie View Post

 

What I do tell people is that skiing is a stupid and pointless activity that we do FOR FUN. 

 

 

 

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Originally Posted by jhcooley View Post
 

It's not pointless. Fun is the point. 

 

 

To paraphrase a young painter speaking at the Whitney Biennial sometime in the mid-ninties, painting is no stupider than anything else people do.  Neither is skiing.

post #32 of 32
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Originally Posted by epic View Post

 

As a coach I am sometimes baffled by the need that people have to argue with their coach or to keep bringing up past lessons. You just paid XX hundred dollars to take a lesson from me. How about go with it for a little while and see shat happens, how about try what I am saying. On teh other hand, you and I both know that I can't possibly be "right" all of the time.

 

I can explain this phenomenon from a learning psychology perspective:

 

People have spent decades building up schemata, or patterns, in their brains about how skiing works. When you introduce new information that conflicts with this schemata, learners experience something called "cognitive dissonance", or a fight in their head between old and new knowledge. Think of the arguing as a vocalization of the learner's cognitive dissonance. If you can help the learner overcome this dissonance, you update the learner's schemata and (hopefully) improve their skiing.

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