A show about the psychology of human performance from writer, researcher and psychology graduate Larry G. Maguire. The Mental Game explores performance psychology as it applies to work, sport, career and all domains where human beings perform. We'll examine aspects of performance such as behaviour, expertise, intelligence, habits, perception, attention, cognition and emotion. Learn to manage performance anxiety, cope under pressure and produce consistently high-level results with the psychological skills of experts. Read more athumanperformance.ie
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In the late 1960s, the father of positive psychology Martin Seligman and his research associate, Steven Maier, were part of a team that discovered the phenomena “learned helplessness." They found that dogs, rats, and mice, when subjected to mild electric shock over which they had no control, would learn to accept it, making no attempt to escape. It was later shown that human beings act the same way. They learn to be helpless.
Over many years of research, Seligman and colleagues discovered that about 30% of subjects never become helpless. The reason why, he says, is optimism. Seligman subsequently developed a means to assess responses as either optimistic or pessimistic. They discovered that people who refuse give up, have the habit of seeing setbacks as temporary and changeable. In other words, they feel they can do something about it. The researchers realised they could, as Seligman said, “immunise people against learned helplessness, against depression and anxiety, and against giving up after failure by teaching them to think like optimists.”
Over his years of research, Seligman found that the most satisfied, contented people were those who had discovered and exploited their unique combination of what he called “signature strengths,” such as humanity, temperance and persistence and developed the PERMA model of psychological wellbeing.
Read The Definitive Guide To Resilience
Resilience in all domains of performance be it work, sport or otherwise, in simple terms, is said to be our personal ability to cope with, and bounce back from adverse conditions. As such, it is an important aspect of the performer's repertoire, be it considered a stable trait, or and dynamic process. (We'll discuss more on the the question of stable trait versus dynamic process later). It is resilience that helps us face down difficulties, think creatively and find solutions to problems. It's what makes us go deep and stay long, longer than most. Psychological resilience helps us endure hard training sessions, dips in business and income, death of loved ones, embarrassment and defeat while retaining the will and determination to come back for more.
If one thing is certain in life, it is change. When positive, change makes us smile. When negative, change challenges us like nothing else. The passing of a loved one, a serious illness or accident, the loss of a job, the death of a business–every situation will affect each of us differently. It brings unique thoughts, feelings and emotions to the fore, demands our attention and often shifts our mindset. Studies have shown that we adapt well over time to dramatic change, a component of this adaptation is resilience.
Carol Dweck in her 2017 book Mindset, says that resilience forms part of a “Growth Mindset”. Dweck suggests that a fixed mindset is, “believing your qualities are carved in stone,”. In contrast, a growth mindset is “the belief that your basic qualities are things you can cultivate through your efforts”.
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Hello and welcome to The Mental Game, a podcast on the psychology of human performance. Whether you're just starting out on your career journey, or you a seasoned veteran, my hope is that the content here on the site helps you develop and refine the skills you need to succeed. My aim with everything I write, is to help you improve your mental game, to develop your psychological skillset and understand how your mind and body work to produce performance results. These vital skills include resilience, creativity, thinking, deliberate practice, imagery, self-talk, self-awareness and many other components involved in high-level performance. When you take the necessary time to learn and apply them, your results will change for the better.