How often do you walk of the court and say, wow, I really played well today? For those of you who don't like rambling, just stop here, the above question is really the point of my post. I can't tell you how many times I've walked off a court and me or my opponent(s) have mentioned how poorly they've played. However, I can count the number of times they (or me) have said, wow, I really played well today (hint: its a really small number). Hmmm, statistically, shouldn't that be an equal number? The reality is, we often know when we play poorly. However, when we play well, do we realize we are playing well, or do we think that is how we normally play, so we don't acknowledge it. So, here's the rambling...my spouse and I played some mixed doubles tonight. We lost, but the male on the other team was way better and the female was not as good. Really good male, ok female, and good male, good female. Really/ok won over good/good, but it was a close match. I'm not going to debate who should win, but really/ok won. At end of the match, really told good they played well. Quite frankly, that was a risky statement. To tell someone they played well when they lost is a bit presumptuous. However, in this case it was accurate. And 'good' acknowledged, yes they did play well, even though they lost. So, anyway, that's what got me thinking...ignoring win/loss, do you acknowledge when you play well about the same number of times you state when you played poorly? I'm not trying to call anyone out, but in my own experience, I complain about playing poorly more often then I think I do well. But statistically, those should be about even. If I think I play poorly more often then I think I play well, then, I probably think I'm better then I really am. Wow, that did not come out as neatly as I thought it would. Ok, so writing is not my strong suit. But the point is, you walk off the court thinking you played below average, ok or above average. Shouldn't the number of times you walk off thinking you played poorly match the number of times you walk off thinking you played well be equal? If not, then maybe you don't have an accurate assessment of how you play. Ok, rambling over. Back to the original question, do you walk off thinking you played poorly the same number of times you walk off thinking you played well? If not, is that a reflection of a poor perception of can it truly be lopsided one way or the other?