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Couldn't get through "In The Yikes Zone"

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With Pierre's recent post I doubt this post will get much attention. Nevertheless, I wrote this on a recent airplane ride and figure there's no sense waiting.

57 of 205 pages - that's all I could handle. After all of the discussion about "In the Yikes Zone" I was encouraged to buy the book and give it a try. At first I found it interesting - I could relate to everything Blakeslee was talking about. But soon I found myself struggling with the book and started to wonder why. A bit of reflection led me to the conclusion that the things she was talking about were things that I constantly negotiate with both on the slopes and in life. The trouble was that one of my greatest satisfactions is learning how to deal with these things fro myself and listening to someone else talk about them seemed more like an irritating intrusion than something helpful. This is not to say that what Blakeslee has to offer isn't useful to many, only that for me I get great satisfaction in working on this puzzle for myself.

In one way you might say I have spent my whole life trying to build a relationship between the “nag” and “guide” in me. When the “nag” is dominant I find it a real downer and when the “guide” is in control I am usually on a high. At this point, however, I get the greatest satisfaction when I can have them both involved in a civilized and meaningful exchange. In my mind, this is something I want (and need?) to do for myself. I think it is a fine idea to try and help people progress in leaning to be aware of these issues but in the end I think we ought to strive to find our own ways to deal with them. One thing I definitely agree with Blakeslee on is that skiing can give us a never-ending opportunity to learn about ourselves and improve.
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Once I "got the idea" of the book, the last few chapters seemed repetitive. I have to admit, I even skimmed a few sections.

Overall, I enjoyed the book, but maybe it was too long.

"Once you're done talking, hang up the phone".
post #3 of 6
I totally agree. I thought the book was going to explore some other aspects of fear, not just the 'petrified rigid'.

I don't do a lot of things I think, because I am afraid. I don't get scared consciously, I just don't do. No conflict, no adrenaline rush. I don't feel deprived until later.

Has anyone ever noticed the collective comment from the class as the instructor skis off doing a demonstration, 'YEAH, RIGHT' in a disbelieving tone?
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As one of the people who initially recommended the book, I am embarassed to say I agree. I'll admit to be really taken in with the first few chapters, but afterwards, she seemed to be reiterating on the same points.

BTW, this is one of the reasons I have not participated in the discussions. I feel that we have delved much deeper into the topic in many threads on this forum.

As I've said many times before, the psychobabble is helpful to some degree, but the only thing that really works for me is to become totally involved in the task.
post #5 of 6
You don't need to read a book to master your fear. You just need to watch The Wizard of Oz. FF to the end where Dorothy and the guys finally get their audience with the Wizard. Presto change-o.

I liked a guest spot that Bob Newhart did on MAD-TV, where he played a psychiatrist who had two words to cure any psychological problem:


If you overindulge: STOP IT!

If you are attracted to other women: STOP IT!

If you worry about everything: STOP IT!

Maybe I'm weird, but that bit cracked me up.
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Hey Nolo,

I was in a teacher training clinic several seasons ago and the trainer basically summed up his entire schpeel at the end by saying to us .... "If you get a class of people that totally suck .... tell them to stop sucking!" Then he skied off. Point well taken.
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