I hadn’t heard about this, but there’s a new Manny Ramirez biography coming out today. It’s called “Becoming Manny,” and its co-author is a clinical psychologist named Jean Rhodes. Rhodes is interviewed today in the Boston Globe:
Q. If you had to diagnose him, what would you say?
A. Well, he has an incredible ability to focus and get into a flow state, which transcends the known world. He’s fundamentally a very shy person and experiences a high level of social anxiety. It’s like the whole world is conspiring to take him out of his flow state. Also, there’s a degree of narcissism. That can’t be denied.
I think I like “Manny’s flow state transcends the known world” better than “Manny being Manny.”