Performance Psychology in Action: A Casebook for Working with Athletes, Performing Artists, Business Leaders, and Professionals in High-Risk Occupations

Performance Psychology in Action: A Casebook for Working with Athletes, Performing Artists, Business Leaders, and Professionals in High-Risk Occupations

by Kate F. Hays
     
 

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ISBN-10: 1433804433

ISBN-13: 9781433804434

Pub. Date: 04/15/2009

Publisher: American Psychological Association

Expert athletes understand the mind body connection. For years, they have learned mental skills from coaches, consultants, and other practitioners in order to optimize physical performance. Now, these same mental skills are being taught to a broad range of performers, such as dancers, actors, lawyers, surgeons, business leaders, and rescue workers. The resulting

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Expert athletes understand the mind body connection. For years, they have learned mental skills from coaches, consultants, and other practitioners in order to optimize physical performance. Now, these same mental skills are being taught to a broad range of performers, such as dancers, actors, lawyers, surgeons, business leaders, and rescue workers. The resulting new field of performance psychology allows performers from a variety of fields to "get their head out of the way so that their body can do what it's trained to do." In detail, this book shows the everyday practice of performance psychology. Case by case, the stories demonstrate how consultants have helped performers develop confidence, overcome mental blocks, manage emotions, and use preparation techniques such as imagery and positive self-talk in order to achieve the best possible mental state for performance. The chapters blend theory and practice by integrating literature reviews with real-world applications, and they cover a wide range of performers, including athletes, performing artists, business leaders, and professionals in high-risk occupations. Extensive session transcripts are provided, including the consultants' thoughts and reactions throughout the session. Engaging, nuanced, personal, and highly accessible, this book will help practitioners and students from a variety of fields explore performance psychology in action.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781433804434
Publisher:
American Psychological Association
Publication date:
04/15/2009
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
337
Sales rank:
1,108,092
Product dimensions:
7.10(w) x 10.10(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Contributors vii

Foreword Raymond D. Fowler ix

Preface xi

Introduction 3

I Mental Attributes For Peak Performance

1 The "Canon" of Psychological Skills Training for Enhancing Performance Mark B. Andersen 11

2 Emotional Intelligence Sean M. McCann 35

3 Confidence Daniel R. Gould 57

4 Mental Preparation, Memorization, and Improvisation Sandra Foster Paul J. Lloyd Sara Kamin 77

II Performance Challenges

5 Performance Anxiety Kate F. Hays 101

6 Audition Anxiety David J. Grand 121

7 Working With Perfection Lynda M. Mainwaring 139

8 Competition Gloria Balague 161

III Performance-Related Consequences

9 Eating Disorders Karen D. Cogan 183

10 Isolation Shane Murphy 203

11 Overtraining, Burnout, Injury, and Retirement Kirsten M. Peterson 225

IV The Consultant And The System

12 Adolescent Performers and the Family System Douglas M. Hankes 247

13 Team Leadership Robert S. Weinberg 269

14 Hierarchical Public Safety Organizations Mario J. Scalora 289

V Conclusion

15 The Consultant as a Performer Charles H. Brown 309

Index 329

About The Editor 337

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