Trouble with being capable to play on a psychological level


I’ve been playing fighting games ever since I can remember, but never was that good. There were some remarkable moments during my fighter life, although engaging high-level players was usually a bad experience.

Nowadays I’m trying to play both Tekken 7 and SFV. So far the experience has been disastrous. Despite being able to learn game mechanics and everything necessary to play, my mind tends to go blank when I play against other people and I end up making stupid mistakes and create habits that end up getting me defeated most of the time.

I’ve come to the conclusion that my problem is psychological since I have no problem learning stuff; it’s the application of it against others that I’m having trouble with.

I have schizoaffective disorder (some of the symptoms are disorganized thinking, manic behavior and depression), and that may be contributing to my problem. Unfortunately, psychological therapy has never done much good for me and prescription drugs from psychiatrists made my game even worse.

Does anyone else have a similar problem? How did you manage to get over it?


@Lowtide What state do you live in? If you live in one where they legalized marijuana, or have a medical marijuana program, look for a “CBD” only strain like Charlotte’s Web or Nubia CBD. That should help you a lot. Don’t smoke regular pot with a lot of THC in it. It’s negative for your condition. “CBD ONLY”. It’s non-psychoactive so you won’t feel high. Good luck my friend.


The problem you are having isn’t really a problem. Its just early stages of competitive play. You will get it over time. Practice is literally all you need.

If you find it hard to think on the fly then have a game plan. Come up with a few, write them down and stick to them. You will of course still get rekt when somebody works out your game plan, but it’s all about practice anyway. If you have a game plan that you stick to it will keep your mind in the game focused on what you are doing. After every round look back at what you wrote as the game plan and re-visualize it while waiting for the round to start again. The good thing about being strict in the way you play is that it lets you play, you aren’t constantly thinking about what to do or what just happened.

A good game plan will help you make the most of a specific situation. And playing will in time help you think on the fly. I found when I was learning that If I stuck to the same thing it would work for a while, then the opponent would click and I would just pick up loss after loss. I would then switch game plans and start doing well again before the loses came. And over time I would start with one game plan, then when things start looking bad in the match I would jump onto the second game plan mid match. It helped me learn to be more aware of what was going on in the fight, and it helped me learn to stick to something and learn how my opponent would react to it. With time I was able to be a lot less strict with what I pre planned to do, so if it wasn’t working I could adapt. But having something to fall back on when things start snowballing and you getting fused is really handy.