Originally Posted by quads
I found during my rookie years after losing to ridicules play, I would steam so bad for so long, I didn't have a chance and would always lose. Now after years and losing thousands of hands to ridicules play, I've become prepared for it at any time, and steam for only a few minutes, knowing not to get involved in anything during those few minutes unless absolutely no choice. For most people like myself, it takes years to develop.
I know just what you're driving at in terms of experience changing reaction. Players answering my pre flop raise of AA from the button with their 7-8 off in early position, and then calling to the river with a gutshot straight draw that fills on the river was getting dangerously close to causing random baldness from sudden follicle extraction.
I've also noticed my game changing ever so slightly, but noticeably, I'm not as hesitant to throw monster starting hands away when they appear to be second best, it's easier to dump KK, when the flop brings an A to a player that has answered my pre-flop raise. Marginal starting hands have also lost much of their allure. Could it be that I don't have to be a Donkey the rest of my life?