Monday’s Big Idea
"Lance Armstrong: American Psychopath," was the headline on Big Think after details emerged about the cycling star's confessional interview with Oprah Winfrey. Does Armstrong possess psychopathic tendencies, and if so, what does that mean?
Today we are taking another look at Armstrong's behavior from a different perspective. Why do we make mistakes and how can we prevent them? It depends on the state of our thinking.
"Our feelings are an inborn barometer of whether or not our thinking is productive in the moment," argues Garret Kramer, author of Stillpower: Excellence with Ease in Sports and Life. "When you work against this inborn barometer," Kramer continues, "confusion sets in. Act from confusion -- you're toast."
That is why if Armstrong is to learn from his mistakes -- and we are to learn from them as well -- "he should examine the feeling state from which he acted," Kramer argues. "The same goes for you and me."