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1st May '16 5:36:17 AM Sharlee
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* In ''[[Literature/TheChroniclesOfNarnia The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe]]'', only those who enter the wardrobe when they're ''not'' looking for Narnia actually wind up there.
30th Apr '16 9:25:54 AM Jcatgrl
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** Learning "Drill and Ceremony" (D&C) in the military is an example. Teaching a soldier how to march makes him or her consciously think about how their arms and legs move during what is, essentially, "precision walking". It literally takes ''weeks'' to learn how to march to the proper cadence. Not to mention a plenitude of other skills in the military, such as firing a weapon, or [[GunStripping disassembling and reassembling]] equipment for maintenance or repair. Particularly important if you need to fire, disassemble, and reassemble your weapon in the midst of combat (such as when needing to clear a misfire from your weapon). Also note that you may need to do this, and any other important tasks, while also dealing with the mother of all fight-or-flight induced adrenaline surges.

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** Learning "Drill and Ceremony" (D&C) in the military is an example. Teaching a soldier how to march makes him or her them consciously think about how their arms and legs move during what is, essentially, "precision walking".walking". Many recruits, when first instructed to swing the opposite arm forward with each step, overthink it so much that they will initially swing the arm of the ''same'' side with each step, resulting in a frankly hilarious and incredibly unnatural looking stride. It literally takes ''weeks'' to learn how to march to the proper cadence. Not to mention a plenitude of other skills in the military, such as firing a weapon, or [[GunStripping disassembling and reassembling]] equipment for maintenance or repair. Particularly important if you need to fire, disassemble, and reassemble your weapon in the midst of combat (such as when needing to clear a misfire from your weapon). Also note that you may need to do this, and any other important tasks, while also dealing with the mother of all fight-or-flight induced adrenaline surges.
18th Apr '16 2:48:58 PM StarSword
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* In one ''Franchise/ArchieComics'' story, Jughead beats Reggie at bowling this way.

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* In one ''Franchise/ArchieComics'' story, Jughead beats Reggie at bowling this way.by tricking him into actually focusing on the mechanics of play (e.g. how many steps he takes during windup, the ergonomics of the bowling ball) instead of just playing.
15th Apr '16 12:18:13 AM MoonByte
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* Mistyped the PIN to your phone or bank account? Don't think about how two more incidents will lock you out permenantly. Or where you probably mistyped. Or what your PIN even is. 4399 or 4398?
** Even worse in some countries like Germany where you can't appoint your own bank PIN: locking yourself out of your bank account is fine - if you remember your PIN later or have it written down somewhere. If you don't, then the bank will take your card, destroy it and send you a new one with a new PIN which can take almost a week (since they send them seperately). Worse, if your muscle memory returns and you suddenly remember your old PIN, but not the NEW one (and you're fucked, if your new one is very close to your old one, making mistyping a guarantee). There had been people that made it into boulevard magazines who were stuck in this dilemma until they cheated by having a fake phone number with the PIN in their contacts or similar.
* Multiplication for young children. They usually at first only recite the tables before knowing them. So want to make them trip up and forget everything? Just mess with orders: 2x1? 2x2? 2x3? ''5x6?''
13th Apr '16 10:24:15 AM Sabbat
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**A technique in platform and springboard diving known as "Dumb Diving," wherein the diver clears their mind the moment before starting their dive, rather than focusing on each individual move in the dive.
5th Apr '16 6:31:05 AM DaibhidC
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* In the ''Series/MurdochMysteries'' episode "A Case of the Yips", Murdoch briefly becomes obsessed with golf, and invents a machine that should train someone for the perfect swing. It doesn't help him, and ruins the game of the club champion. Then Dr Ogden performs a perfect drive and, when asked if she was focusing on the ball or the club, says she wasn't really thinking about anything. This advice saves the champion, but the cerebral Murdoch finds it [[ThoughAversionFailure impossible to follow]], and the episode ends with him throwing his clubs in the lake.

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* In the ''Series/MurdochMysteries'' episode "A Case of the Yips", Murdoch briefly becomes obsessed with golf, and invents a machine that should train someone for the perfect swing. It doesn't help him, and ruins the game of the club champion. Then Dr Ogden performs a perfect drive and, when asked if she was focusing on the ball or the club, says she wasn't really thinking about anything. This advice saves the champion, but the cerebral Murdoch finds it [[ThoughAversionFailure [[ThoughtAversionFailure impossible to follow]], and the episode ends with him throwing his clubs in the lake.
5th Apr '16 6:26:28 AM DaibhidC
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* In the ''Series/MurdochMysteries'' episode "A Case of the Yips", Murdoch briefly becomes obsessed with golf, and invents a machine that should train someone for the perfect swing. It doesn't help him, and ruins the game of the club champion. Then Dr Ogden performs a perfect drive and, when asked if she was focusing on the ball or the club, says she wasn't really thinking about anything. This advice saves the champion, but the cerebral Murdoch finds it [[ThoughAversionFailure impossible to follow]], and the episode ends with him throwing his clubs in the lake.
30th Mar '16 11:20:18 AM chc232323
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*** One obvious example: of course the deeper a no-hitter goes, the more likely it is that the pitcher will blow it. First, a no-hitter involves a lot of luck, and if the pitcher hadn't already had a run of good fortune, we wouldn't be talking about his possible no-hitter. However, as each batter is an independent event, there's no reason to believe he has better odds in his current or future encounter with the opposition's line-up. Second, a pitcher is always easier to get a hit on later during his appearance. A pitcher suffers fatigue and throws with less power and control later in in the game. Likewise, his opposition has now had a few good looks at his stuff and has had a few chances to find his timing. These are skills any decent batter ought to have. Add in a little ad hoc ergo propter hoc, or the FalseCause, and it's easy to attribute a close-but-no-cigar no-hitter to the wrong trope.

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*** One obvious example: of course the deeper a no-hitter goes, the more likely it is that the pitcher will blow it. First, a no-hitter involves a lot of luck, and if the pitcher hadn't already had a run of good fortune, we wouldn't be talking about his possible no-hitter. However, as each batter is an independent event, there's no reason to believe he has better odds in his current or future encounter with the opposition's line-up. Second, a pitcher is always easier to get a hit on later during his appearance. A pitcher suffers fatigue and throws with less power and control later in in the game. Likewise, his opposition has now had a few good looks at his stuff and has had a few chances to find his timing. These are skills any decent batter ought to have. Add in a little ad post hoc ergo propter hoc, or the FalseCause, and it's easy to attribute a close-but-no-cigar no-hitter to the wrong trope.
30th Mar '16 11:18:00 AM chc232323
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** One caveat: a lot of these also result in superstitions due to the naive understanding of things like the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hot-hand_fallacy hot hand theory]], GamblersFallacy, and other cases of ArtisticLicenseStatistics.
*** One obvious example: of course the deeper a no-hitter goes, the more likely it is that the pitcher will blow it. First, a no-hitter involves a lot of luck, and if the pitcher hadn't already had a run of good fortune, we wouldn't be talking about his possible no-hitter. However, as each batter is an independent event, there's no reason to believe he has better odds in his current or future encounter with the opposition's line-up. Second, a pitcher is always easier to get a hit on later during his appearance. A pitcher suffers fatigue and throws with less power and control later in in the game. Likewise, his opposition has now had a few good looks at his stuff and has had a few chances to find his timing. These are skills any decent batter ought to have. Add in a little ad hoc ergo propter hoc, or the FalseCause, and it's easy to attribute a close-but-no-cigar no-hitter to the wrong trope.
4th Feb '16 2:27:11 PM eowynjedi
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* In ''Webcomic/{{Guardian}}'', Yuna subconsciously walks on water, demonstrating Summoner talent, but she falls in once she realizes the others are watching.
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