posted on May, 29 2011 @ 12:43 PM
I'll admit first that I didn't read all the posts, but wanted to add my two cents.
There are two specific times when this happens to me. The first is during social situations. The feeling you are talking about is something I've
experienced many times, and the majority of them were while I was in college. I would be out drinking with friends acting a bit crazy, and then all of
a sudden it's like a wave would pass through my brain. I'd even go as far to say that I would get disoriented for a few seconds. Then I would
completely realize the situation I was in and almost feel like I didn't want to be there anymore. It would seem difficult to function (not due to the
alcohol) and interact and be interested in the situation I was in. Everything I did would have to be though of before I did it. As someone mentioned
before, it was like my brain was on autopilot, and then it was turned off.
The other situation in which I get this feeling, and probably a better situation to analyze, is when I'm playing sports. When I was younger, I played
a lot of baseball. My favorite thing to do was pitch. I was very good at it when I was able to what I would call 'get in the zone'. This is something
that I feel a lot of pitchers, or just sports players in general do, or try to do. You try not to think about anything, including the task at hand,
and just do it. When I was 'in the zone', I would be able to locate my pitches perfectly. When trying to put movement on a pitch, it's like I could
actually feel exactly how the ball would move. It was the greatest feeling ever...
And that's when everything goes awry. You realize what's going, you begin to think about it, and all of a sudden you've walked a guy in four pitches.
You try to resort back to fundamentals, but that can only get you so far. When you're not in the zone... well... you're just not in the zone.
The same thing happens, or can happen, when I play basketball or golf. I feel that golf is the best way to hone this 'skill' since there is so much
down time between shots, and each shot requires you to stop thinking and just 'feel the shot'. When you're in the zone you can feel where you want the
ball to go, and you're body will do exactly what is needed to get the ball to do that. It's quite a strange phenomena, but when you're playing in the
zone, it's as good as any drug... but the withdrawals suck... especially in golf.
So the way I analyze it, is that we have a bodily muscle memory, and a brain muscle memory (I know the brain is an organ, but bare with me), and then
there is the mind. When you're in a social situation, you are using your brain's muscle memory to interact. Just as if you are brushing your teeth,
you just act as you naturally know how to, just being yourself, unhindered by thought. But your mind can get in the way of this. You can all of a
sudden become conscious, having to think about all the things you do, and try to resort back to funda'mental's.
In sports, you are using your bodily muscle memory (I believe it's actually a combination of brain and muscle memory, but hey, I guess conversing is
too since your brain has to operate your mouth (That makes me wonder if you can have this experience while you are only thinking without your brain
having to operate your body).).