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Rob Robson

Mental Toughness Thinking - Staying Goal Directed | iStadia - Where Sport & Exercise Pe... - 0 views

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    When we think of goals, usually we only consider the big long-term goals, such as winning a championship or buying a home. However, it is often our everyday goals and actions which we need to focus on, in order to increase our happiness and make life more enjoyable.
Rob Robson

Manchester United's March Madness! - 0 views

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    A week ago (as I write this) Manchester United looked imperious and unassailable at the top of the Premier League. Two straight defeats and the story is quite different. While they still hold a lead in the Premier League, a Liverpool win tomorrow would cut that back to one point. The real story is not arithmetical, however, but psychological. Liverpool, on the back of convincing wins against Man United and Real Madrid, will take fresh confidence from their rivals' defeat at Fulham today, and revitalise their belief that they can still win the title. Chelsea, having lost to Tottenham today, failed to capitalise on their opportunity to close the gap.
Rob Robson

Reversal Theory and Sports - 0 views

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    Reversal theory is one of the few psychological theories of motivation or personality that takes sport really seriously and makes it a central topic. (When did Freud or Jung ever write about soccer, or Skinner go beyond teaching pigeons to play ping pong?)
Rob Robson

Anxiety Interpretation (Anxiety Direction) vs Reversal Theory in Sport Psychology? - 0 views

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    I received my copy of The Sport and Exercise Scientist in the post today, and gave the cover the usual cursory glance. My scan picked up an interesting question: "Is studying anxiety interpretations useful for sport and exercise psychologists?". So I thumbed through and found a rather interesting debate between two sport psychologists, staged by email and reprinted for the benefit of others. The debate gave me heart and caused me frustration, because while it opened up an important avenue for research and practice, they both missed the fact that a theory has been in place for over 25 years that adequately addresses all of the issues raised. That theory is Reversal Theory (Apter).
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