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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Michael S. Goldsby, PhD, CCRP (Family Psychiatry of The Woodlands)
Description: Editor Kate F. Hays has done a magnificent job of introducing readers to the emerging field of performance psychology with a wide-ranging blend of theory and actual case histories. She draws on the collective wisdom and insight of experts in the field, researchers and practitioners alike, to dissect performance as well as all the systemic factors associated with high-pressure performance. Hays and her colleagues offer practical ways that consultants can help ballerinas, rock stars, athletes, and CEOs to perform at optimal levels.
Purpose: The purpose is to assist those interested in learning more about the field of performance psychology as well as to offer an explanation of what expert performance psychologists actually do when they work with performers. An additional purpose may be to advance the collective knowledge base in this emergent field and provide a comprehensive reference for aspiring performance psychologists.
Audience: This book will be most useful to established performance psychologists and counseling professionals who are attracted to this new and exciting field. Individuals in high profile performance occupations such as politicians, top athletes, performing musicians, professional dancers, and business leaders would gain valuable insight from the detailed case histories and proven performance methods.
Features: Contributing authors put forward a variety of applications for performance psychology that are research based and backed by findings in the professional literature, resulting in meaningful application in the clinical setting. Chapters include carefully selected case histories that elucidate these various theoretical approaches. Each chapter is devoted to one of many pertinent subjects, such as adolescent performers and the family system, confidence building and mental preparation, as well as specific treatments for audition and performance anxiety.
Assessment: The book captures the diversity as well as the commonality of therapeutic approaches to performance psychology. Nowhere else is there such a collection of real-life applications of performance psychology science and theory expressed through the case histories of luminary clinical experts. This book is a truly welcome addition that without doubt will advance the field while establishing itself as the go-to reference for all practitioners and students who want to learn more about the exciting and challenging field of performance psychology.