DR. JOHN'S CASE NOTES : NAFF PLAYER SYNDROME
Nearly all bridge players experience a run of bad results in their time at the tables, all of which eat away at their self-belief of being good at the game. However , for some players this nagging doubt manifests itself into the full blown naff player syndrome. Indeed , once this syndrome locks in they quickly start to accept that their earlier successes clearly over-exaggerated their true ability , and that in truth they are not as good as they first thought . Victims of NPS reach an unpalatable conclusion that they are both inept and clueless when it comes to bridge.
Sadly , the syndrome is not one linked to feelings of self-doubt or loss of self-confidence. Neither is it linked to negative feelings or fantasies about themselves. The condition is more associated with a higher level of self-awareness and self-appraisal : a new acquired ability to see themselves , their own shortcomings , failures and disabilities. Therefore , as a consequence the treatment required involves a crash course in self-delusion and ego inflation.
Clients are encouraged to believe in the opposite of what is true.
As a pioneer in successfully treating NPS victims , I have devised a foolproof 4 step plan, which is outlined as follows :
1. When and if other players scorn you , then simply don't believe them . They are just projecting their failings and shortcomings onto you.
2. Believe that your best results reflect the gifted type of player you really are , and that your worst results have only come about as having the hideous misfortune to encounter bad luck , naff partners and cheating opponents.
3. Actively seek out clubs where the standard of opponents is woefully weak , in order for you to build up unprecedented levels of confidence following the non-stop butchering of these bunnies week in week out.
4. Write articles on bridge , or blogs , giving yourself credence that you are now a celebrity and expert on all matters related to the game : a person fully endowed with pearls of wisdom on how the game should be played.