In penalty situations, the ball's rapid journey leaves goalkeepers with little reaction time. Decisions must be made in the blink of an eye.
Goalkeepers must decide where to dive before the ball is kicked, leaving no room for observation. It's a high-pressure scenario.
Oddly, even when the kicker places the ball in the center, goalkeepers often dive to the sides. Why? Appearance plays a pivotal role.
Goalkeepers prefer diving to the wrong side over standing in the center, even if it reduces their chances of saving the goal. It's about looking active.
This phenomenon is known as the 'action instinct.' People tend to act, even if their actions achieve nothing, especially in new or uncertain situations.
In society, we often favor taking action, even when it's ineffective, over remaining sensible and not acting. The 'action instinct' prevails.