Dear Golf Enthusiasts and Coaches,
Both sports psychology and Zen teachings of golf are based on a faulty premise. This premise is that emotions can be aberrant and dangerous because emotions are erroneously deemed causal to the biochemical physiology that drives behavior. And therefore, emotions must be controlled, managed, and regulated, even with the use of pharmaceuticals because aberrant and dangerous emotional behavior is causal to debilitating emotional disorders such as mania and depression. As a result, emotions simply cannot be trusted. Reason must determine appropriate cognitive and emotional behavior, especially in athlete competition on the golf course. (reference: and Emotions-as-Effect Theory: The Linguistic Semantics of Emotional vs. Cognitive Dysregulation (13,300 words)
Symbiotic Psychology honors the synergistic relationship between mind, body, emotions, and consciousness that has evolved over millions of years. Emotions are the perception of changes and states of a biochemical physiology precipitated by cognitive activities. And, good feeling emotions have an evolved correlation with a heathy and effective biochemical physiology necessary for successful competition as do negative feeling emotions correlate with an unhealthy and ineffective physiology. Emotions, moods, and feelings must be trusted and must be used to determine appropriate and healthy cognitive and emotional behavior, especially in competition on the golf course.
The following publication, The Cognitive-Emotional Wisdom of Golf: Symbiotic Psychology (Symbiotic Psychology Press) is designed to be understood on its own or with the help of Cognitive-Emotional Theory and The Personal Power of Qi: An Athlete’s Evolutionary Heritage of Strength, Speed, Agility, Cunning, and Success (40,700 words) and Emotions-as-Effect Theory: The Linguistic Semantics of Emotional vs. Cognitive Dysregulation (13,300 words) which are both freely available at https://emotional-evolution.com/.
Andrew O. Jackson
M.S. Technology Education
M.S. Management Technology