Originally Posted by icantfoldsets
I'm a stats junkie, so I give myself a score 1-10 in how well I think I played and how well I think I ran. I try to be as objective as possible, but an accurate adjustment might be to subtract one point from how well you think you played and add one point to how well you think you ran.
Be as honest with yourself as possible, and try not to fall victim to selective memory.
^^ I like it. I think we've all been here before, I know this certainly hits home for me
Trying to "justify" to yourself, or freinds, why you shoved w/ xyz hand when there was a good chance you were beat, but you're not being completly honest with yourself as you tell the story, or review it in your own mind. This seems to leed to a slippery slope in which the OP refered to when opening this thread....is it just [bad] varience, or bad play.
As many have suggested, I have found that making accurate and honest reports to yourself, myself, has helped me later more accuratley review the sessions.
I log my info into blocks of time, weekly, monthly, quarterly and yearly. It has been very helpful for me to be able to extrpolate where I was, what stakes, how many hours, how much I made/lost, ... then compare this to a similar situation a month later.
Historically I have been a bad loser, not going on tilt, I just really hate "losing". I still struggle w/ the emotional side of my percpetion of losing, but being able to relfect back on accurate info from a year ago sure helps me sluff the "loss" off to only a slight varience. And being able to better cope w/ a few losses here & there (varience) allows my little mind to think about more important things...such as how to become a better poker player, focus on the weak area's of my game.