Personality in Sports | Sports Psychology

This video delves into the sports psychology literature on personality and answers the following questions:

1. How are athletes personalities similar and how are they different?
2. Can personality tests be used to predict athletic performance?
3. Are personality traits changeable, and would changing them even be worth the effort?

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    added on 12 Jun, 2019


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    added on 12 Jun, 2019

    This was a tricky video to make as there are lots of different theories on how to define personality and on what is considered a personality trait, but the key points that I wanted to make and that you should take away from this video are:

    1. No personality test can consistently predict athletic performance.

    2. Certain traits are shared among high level athletes and will help you on your journey to mastery (mental toughness, discipline, commitment, etc as mentioned in video). These traits can be developed through active efforts if you currently lack them.

    3. Because of #1, do not feel compelled to copy the negative, immoral or unfavorable mannerisms that some athletes display (aggression, narcissism, cockiness, unsportsmanlike behaviours, etc). These things will NOT make you a better athlete. For example, you can be both confident and humble (rather than cocky) – Steph Curry is a great example of this.

    4. Basically, besides developing the sport specific traits that are relevant to improving at your sport, there is no need to try and become someone you are not – so I encourage you to be humble, be authentic and be kind to both yourself and others on your journey to mastery πŸ™‚

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    added on 13 Jun, 2019

    A topic that I never gave much thought too! Very well done, thanks!

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    added on 14 Jun, 2019

    Nice job. Very interesting. I like the fact that your YouTubes reflect the latest scientific findings. I'll be eager for your videos about developing desirable traits. Thanks!

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    added on 17 Aug, 2019

    My comment before watching:Doesn't matter if you look humble or aggronat as long you have confidence in your ablities

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    added on 17 Aug, 2019

    My comment after:Very nice.i think you are making things a bit complicated and useless for athletes.And how can i watch the full video of 9:45?

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    added on 7 Sep, 2019

    you've got a cool channel. I'm starting up a sport psychology discussion channel and insta page, and this is a great benchmark for this sub-category

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    added on 9 Feb, 2020

    Great take on this! Very well made video

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    added on 26 Feb, 2020

    when he said'let's look at the best … in sports, I had to back up, and look again ;)lol

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    added on 29 Feb, 2020

    I don’t get how this video only has 1.7k views…

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    added on 31 Mar, 2020

    Just discovered your videos and love your approach. I am a PE teacher and Football (soccer) coach and have a real interest in sports psychology.Β 
    Have you done a video on 'self-talk'? I find it a really interesting mental skill which can be utilised to improve confidence and benefit all of the 4 C's (commitment, confidence, control of emotions and concentration) and would love to hear your thoughts on it? Any help is appreciated. Thanks

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    added on 3 Jun, 2020

    The best book about sport psychology in Amazon

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    added on 12 Jul, 2020


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    added on 15 Jul, 2020

    Larry Bird and Mike Tyson are the 2 most fascinating cases in sports psychology.

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    added on 5 Sep, 2020

    This is the work I do as a hockey consultant

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    added on 5 Sep, 2020

    Elite athletes learn how to adapt their behaviours to the situation at hand.
    There are elite performers in every endeavour with every kind of personality trait. You need to define the difference between personality and behaviour. Behaviours are adaptable. . Personality is not.

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    added on 16 Sep, 2020

    Nicely done! I would have liked some more examples of female athletes. Just keep that in mind for future.

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