- August 10, 2016
- Posted by: Dr. Elise Cohen Ho
- Category: Community & Friendship
We all knew that Michael Phelps would be a huge topic of discussion during this year’s Summer Olympics but no one could have predicted it would be about #phelpsface.
So many people assumed that they knew exactly what he was thinking behind that face but did they really?
We will never actually know what the thoughts behind #phelpsface were. For that matter, we do not even know that Michael Phelps and South African competitive swimmer, Chad le Clos, were even talking or that Phelps even truly noticed le Clos and his dance.
But we assume.
Maybe we should stop that.
When we assume we make an ass out of u and me. have you heard that before? I love that saying. I mean, granted, it is not always true but it is something to consider when we start thinking we know details about a situation that we were not involved in or even present for.
Was Michael Phelps angry when the two men were in the holding room before the men’s 200 meter butterfly semifinals and Chad le Clos was dancing in front of #phelpsface?
Maybe, maybe not.
A few other possibilities:
- There is a nasty smell in the room.
- He is concerned that he will not perform at his best.
- He was listening to music, watching the current heat and staying focused on the task ahead of him.
Regardless of the reason for the face my point is that we never know what is going on behind the scenes or in someone’s head.
What we do know is that there is a certain perception and that the face gives us a view to how someone is feeling, just as the windows are the eye to the soul.
According to Sheenie Ambardar, MD, a psychiatrist based in West Hollywood, a grumpy looking face “may indicate a bit of self-absorption and a touch of insecurity.”
Well now, a bit of self absorption as you prepare for an attempt at winning Gold seems pretty darn appropriate. For that matter, I also happen to think a bit of insecurity makes perfect sense too.
In the end, whatever Phelps was doing seemed to have worked quite well for him and for the USA.
Michael Phelps, aged 31, is the oldest, and most successful, gold medalist having earned a record breaking 21 gold medals and 25 medals in all.
Do you enjoy watching the Olympics? What do you find most fascinating about it?