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Originally posted by DonnOlsen DonnOlsen wrote:


There's an unwritten code. You give tips/advice only when asked for

A fundamental social structural dimension is activated when unsolicited advice is offered.  Among the players, all are peers, a status independent of the respective level of play.  Each player has the same rights and privileges, and respect as a player is afforded to all.  As a base relationship among the players, there is no hierarchy.

In the expression of unsolicited advice to a player on an aspect of the player's game, an implicit attempt is made to change the social structure to an approximation of coach-to-player, which is hierarchical.  Though no request by the advice-receiving player from the advice-giving player was made, nevertheless an act was performed with social consequences that may or may not be found appealing by the targeted player.  What assuredly is raised is risk.

Another implicit injection in the unsolicited advice act is a statement of assumed insight by the advice-giving player that the targeted player does not possess, thereby suggesting a superiority of one player above the other player in this regard.  Being informed implicitly of your perceived intellectual inferiority to another is rarely pleasant.

A third complication arises with the unsolicited advice act that pertains to the targeted player's playing intention at the moment of being accosted.  Not one table tennis player of sober and sound mind would dispute the statement that it is beyond common for a given player to have multiple developmental aspects of the player's game that would benefit from improvement.  With direct attention, the player may be, at any given moment, focusing on one specific aspect for attention.  If the unsolicited advice is not pertinent to the player's current focus, the interjection is interruptive to the player's selected purpose at hand.  Not rare is a negative reaction forthcoming when interrupted.

A fourth complication may result in the case where the player has, via self study or another source of instruction, a training structure that features comparatively fixed time frames for addressing discrete aspects of the player's game.  Perhaps Monday through Wednesday an emphasis is placed on improving the player's backhand down the line against an opponent's topspin shot approaching cross table, with all other aspects of the player's game in this time period intentionally not subject to attempts at improvement.  Many disciplines, the least not being Cognitive Science, have revealed the very great limitation in attempting to concentrate on more than one matter at a time.  From these professional disciplines it is strongly discouraged.  If the unsolicited advice applies to a matter other than the selected, focused-upon matter of the player, then the advice-giver is implicitly arguing that, in fact, the player should focus on two matters, not one.  That is, given the due respect that should be afforded the player attempting to direct their own development, the unsolicited advice-giver is declaring the research in Cognitive Science is wrong, a bold assertion indeed.

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