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The Inner Game of Tennis – W. Timothy Gallwey

Thoughts: The Inner Game of Tennis made a pretty big impact upon me when I read it, applicable to my music playing and even more to my music teaching. Typing these notes up now, several years after I read the book, I’m struck by how much the ideas of Self 1 and Self 2 align with the conscious vs unconscious parts of the mind dealt with in books I’ve recently read like Atomic Habits and The Elephant in the Brain, as well as what I’ve heard about Thinking Fast & Slow.

(The notes below are not a summary of the book, but rather raw notes - whatever I thought, at the time, might be worth remembering.)

Gallwey, W. Timothy. 1979. The Inner Game of Tennis. Bantam.

Posted: Feb 25, 2021. Last updated: Aug 31, 2023.