In the wake of Luis Suarez’s latest alleged biting controversy the compulsion for all and sundry to play armchair psychologist has proved impossible to resist.
Below news.bwin.com/en/ present a digest of some of the more misguided or banal assessments along with the opinions of the professionals.
He seemed to get back on track…he had a great season
Gordon Taylor, chief executive of the Professional Footballers Association was in little doubt that, having gone an entire campaign without biting anyone, Suarez was on the straight and narrow.
This is a person who definitely needs help.
Straight-talking turnip and former England manager, Graham Taylor offers his two cents.
I listened to Alan Shearer, I listened to Graham Taylor, I listened to them say it’s beyond belief. But it’s not beyond belief, it’s entirely predictable.
Sports Psychologist Dr Tom Fawcett (speaking in the Mirror) is understandably good at listening, but it if it was so predictable then why didn’t he emulate our next guest.
I sit watching the game and when it happens I start to get messages from buddies who knew I’d put money on it. It’s quite fun..I started to laugh. I thought ‘is he really so stupid that he does it again?’
Norwegian punter Richard Helmersen, who backed a Suarez bite at the World Cup at 175/1.
According to the player himself, everyone’s getting worked up over nothing.
These things happen on the pitch, and we don’t have to give them so much [importance].
His remarks after the match show that he’s trying to minimize his actions. It’s akin to stealing and then saying “well, it was only a packet of crisps, so what?” By dismissing it as nothing, Suarez aims to trivialise his own behaviour.
He would say that though according to Dr Saima Latif, chartered psychologist, accredited expert witness and clinical hypnotherapist who was writing in the Telegraph.
Dr Latif goes on to suggest the likely cause of the Uruguayan sensation’s tendency to chew, while concurring with Graham Taylor.
Perhaps his biting started in childhood and was triggered by something, perhaps he was bitten in turn. To get to the root of the problem and address it effectively he does require psychological therapy which looks at the more deep-seated issues that might be of concern.
She’s certainly better qualified to discuss the issue than Paul Heyward, Chief Football Writer at The Telegraph, whose assertion:
The man-child who destroyed England’s World Cup hopes has a pathological problem.
She dismisses as plain wrong in her professional opinion.
The fact that this is a repeated action shows that it is habitual, rather than pathological.
So there we have it bwinners, don’t let yourselves be mislead by unqualified sources.
Trained practitioners suggest the extravagantly gifted Liverpool star can put this unappealing habit behind him, indeed he may already be hard at work battling his demons:
The more we try to control our impulses under stress, the tougher it gets. So my initial thought is something this odd actually could be a result of his increased efforts at emotional control.
Adam Naylor, a Boston University sports psychologist, in New York Magazine.