Yes it’s still preseason, and I haven’t named my one single player crucial to FPL success.Time for the big reveal, guess who it is; Salah ? TAA ? Kevin ? WRONG. The answer is ME.

I don’t want to appear like some big-headed egotistical narcissist, but … um … actually yes I do. Psychos have this immense sense of self-worth, a confidence, a total belief in themselves, that puts them in a state of ultimate control. Why has Mourinho suddenly popped in my head ?

“Please don’t call me arrogant, but I’m European champion and I think I’m a special one.”

As the manager of my team it’s my decision making that determines my season, and this season I am determined to be the best I can be.

To improve my decision making, to deal with the uncertainties and mishaps that the next 38 game weeks bring takes a certain mind set. Training my brain will be an ongoing process this season, I am going for a two pronged attack , intellectual intelligence and emotional intelligence.

I’ve touched on the intellectual side; research, perpetual learning, reasoning etc. Emotional intelligence is the ability to understand, use, and manage emotions in positive ways to minimise stress, overcome challenges and defuse conflict over choices, such as player selection.

Our go to psycho, Hannibal Lecter, was a calm person, even under pressure, he didn’t respond to potential violence triggers. But how would he have dealt with his Triple Captain Mane being subbed off injured after 33 mins ?

Sitting here now, I am asking myself, will I have the bottle to go ahead with my planned attack on the opening fixtures, and the fortitude to face the perils surrounding GW18? Having faith in myself is key.

Herd Mentality Bias: The tendency to follow and copy what others are doing, rather than my own independent analysis.

In my previous blog, I discussed prioritising information gathering (over team tinkering). Using my social network to educate myself, is a double edged sword. The negative side is it results in a massive exposure to other people’s opinions which could lead to temptation ie ‘bandwagons’, ‘must have players’ ‘go to formations’.

I know I will never be 100% immune from this, but acknowledging it and recognising it helps me learn to deal with it. Here is an example of where my big ego psychopathic personality might give me the strength of mind to make my own judgements and formulate my own strategies, not adopt other people’s.

the steals

1.Play your own game and believe in yourself. Success is an attitude.

2.And rules, well there are no rules … bar those listed here

3.As a player you should always aim to improve yourself, never stagnate. The game is dynamic you should be too.

Some thoughts from academic Robert Hare whose research into the mind of the psychopath helped him formulate the gold standard test for psychopathy, which I am using to prompt my blog discussion.

My view is that psychopaths have the intellectual capacity to know the rules of society and the difference between right and wrong — and they choose which rules to follow or ignore.”

They might even consider themselves more rational than other people. A psychopath I met in my research once told me that using his head instead of his heart gave him an advantage. He saw himself as ‘a cat in a world of mice.’ ”

Further stimulation

I have to thank the Always Cheating podcast for bringing this to my attention, a discussion about strategic decision making in a world of incomplete information.