A New Perspective on Choking:
Olivier Lingbeek, Phd
You can compare playing a big point at any level to entering an arena. The moment a player has to start serving at an important point in the match, a field of tension arises in that arena between two poles. (Click Here for Part 1 in this series.)
Healthy versus Unhealthy Tension
On one side is the goal, and on the other side the individual playing the point. Players try to bridge the distance between the two poles—by winning or by not losing. This increases the tension between the player and the goal. If, after repeated attempts the goal is not reached, then the frustration increases and the tension can become unbearable.